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Nigeria's Mikel tips Chelsea for glory this season

John Obi Mikel is confident that Premier League giants Chelsea can prove their worth at domestic and European levels this season

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Wednesday 4 Apr 2012
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Chelsea's John Obi Mikel (Photo: AP)
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Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has insisted that his team is capable of winning the UEFA Champions League title and finishing in the Premier League top four this season.

The Blues, who are currently fifth in the league table with 53 points, are battling with Arsenal and Tottenham for a spot in the top four.

Chelsea play Benfica on Wednesday in the second leg of the Champions League quarterfinals and must win all their coming matches to reach next season's competition.

"We still have the league form to get in there," he told the club's official website. "Arsenal and Tottenham still have some difficult games, and we have to play Arsenal so who knows what will happen there."

"With our recent good form I still think we can get in, it is tight but we can only keep going," he added.

"Nobody wants to be in the Europa League here, we all want to be in the top competition because we have Champions League players. We don't want to drop down, so we have to do everything possible to qualify.

"And listen, we can win the Champions League. We still have very good teams to beat though, starting with Benfica, but we can compete with anybody.

"Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid are all great teams so it is looking difficult but we want to do it. First though, we can only focus on Benfica who we know will give us a difficult game."

Returning to the club's starting lineup in recent matches after a long time on the sidelines, whether due to injury or after the kidnapping of his father earlier this season, Mikel is now enjoying his time with the London club.

"It was really difficult for me but I carried on with my football and started the season well.

"I was playing games until just before Christmas against Spurs, and then came back and things weren't going well but I am happy to be playing again now.

"In the last few games I have been selected which is good because there are world-class players who can play there in Michael Essien, Raul Meireles and Oriol Romeu.

"I think the team is playing well, and if the team plays well as a whole it makes it easier for you. With luck as well, it has started to turn in our favour, so whatever we do seems to be working a bit better," he concluded.

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Patrick Nana Kwadwo Amoah
04-04-2012 05:09pm
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NOT AN IMPOSSIBILITY.
Who ever thought a team like FcPorto will lift the eufa trouphy some years ago but they did and it was marvelous.Chelsea will surely win the Eufa champions league irrespective of the tougher opponents the are bound to face in the competition.is a major possibility.
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