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Mikel: Hiddink Easier To Relate With Than Mourinho

Chelsea midfielder Mikel Obi has taken a dig at former boss Jose Mourinho, condemning Mourinho’s lack of communication with players.

The 28-year-old Nigerian who has become a regular in the squad since in the Portuguese was replaced by Guus Hiddink prefers the Dutchman’s methods compared to his predecessor.

Mikel who remains unbeaten under Guus Hiddink also reveals that the squad responds better to their new boss’s managerial style.

“Yes, the mood is better, I think that’s what [Hiddink] has brought into the football club,” Mikel told BBC Sport.

“He’s so calm and so relaxed, just the way he communicates with the players – and maybe that’s what the players felt they didn’t get from the previous manager (Mourinho).

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“Sometimes with players – not just because they’re not playing – you need to communicate with them, speak to them, and don’t just ignore them because players like to be communicated to.”

Mikel who has made five starts in the EPL under Hiddink (13 in all competitions for Chelsea) is expected to return to the starting line up when the Blues face Watford at the Vicarage Road on Wednesday.

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