Wednesday, 9 March 2016
Mikel: Chelsea must approach PSG game cleverly
The Nigerian believes the Blues can dismiss Les Parisiens from the Champions League if they play as a unit at the Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening
Chelsea’s John Mikel Obi has warned his teammates that they must approach their last-16 second leg clash against PSG in a clever way to reach the competition’s quarter final. Laurent Blanc’s won the first leg 2-1 at the Parc des Princes, and need a draw to progress in the competition.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic opened the scoring for the French team before Mikel levelled right on half-time but Laurent Blanc's side piled on the pressure and were rewarded late on with Edinson Cavani’s winner.
Speaking ahead of the fixture between the two teams at the Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night, the midfielder insisted that his team should maintain their focus and play as a team, while urging the fans to support.
“We all know what happened the last time we played them here, they scored in the last few minutes and then we couldn’t go through,” Mikel told club website.
“It will be cagey, very difficult and we have to approach it in a clever way.
“Cesc Fabregas had a rest against Stoke, Diego Costa didn’t start the game and players like them and Eden Hazard will be vital for us.
“It’s all about being together, we’re not counting on individuals but the whole team.
“Our fans have been amazing so I’m sure they will all come out to support us. There have been ups and downs this season but they have stuck by us,” he concluded.