Chelsea head coach Guus Hiddink says he was pleased to see the work ethic of his side rewarded at Selhurst Park on Saturday while also c...
After resisting some early Palace pressure the Blues got a foothold in the game and went ahead with a well-worked goal finished off by Oscar.
The Nigerian international shone in central midfield the Chelsea manager took time to explain what he (Mikel) who played the entire duration of Sunday’s clash, starting ahead of Mourinho’s preferred Matic adds to the team.
“He played very well as he also did in the previous games. He’s the ideal player in my option to bring balance to the team. “If the team is not willing to defend well or have the right balance then you concede a lot of goals.He can but no, we let the other players do that.” Hiddink told the Chelsea official website
I thought John Obi can be one of the key figures in getting the balance back. On top of that the talented players can then explore their qualities.
“He can recover the radar. He knows the game very well. He knows where the strength of the opponent is and he knows exactly how to cope with that. He has a very good eye, a very good nose, and a very good sense of where to recover. “He doesn’t do it in a very brutal way – he’s very, very elegant.
What I like to see very much is not just a quality player but a player who can defend so smoothly. It’s beautiful to see. He doesn’t lose many balls, he’s good in short passing. I don’t expect and I don’t ask him to make the decisive final pass.