Super Eagles midfielder Mikel Obi has stated that the atmosphere in the Chelsea camp has improved since the departure of Jose Mourinho.
After leading Chelsea to the Premier League title last season, Mourinho was fired following a string of poor results this season.
He was replaced by Guus Hiddink who had a spell with Chelsea in 2009.
Mikel expressed surprise that under Mourinho he wasn’t getting much playing time in an interview with several outlets on Tuesday night.
“We’ve moved on from that and the atmosphere has improved since the change of manager. It’s fine now, we’ve just not been getting results.
“Jose is a fantastic manager and will always be a fantastic guy. But sometimes football is a cruel game and you have to move on. Is it the right decision? Who knows? We’ll only see in the future,” Mikel said.
“He came back to the club a second time and won two trophies, but now he’s gone and we have to move on. Is it the right decision? Who knows? We’ll only see in the future.
“I’ve been as confused as everyone else. It’s difficult when you’re not playing, as you don’t really know what the problems are.
“I wasn’t playing that much under Mourinho so couldn’t put my finger on what was going wrong. It was a collective thing — the players and the manager were not performing.”
The midfielder who stated Chelsea can still finish in he top four, said Manchester United were afraid to attack Chelsea in Monday Night’s EPL clash which ended 0-0.
“I think sometimes you could see in the game that they had chances to attack, but were a little bit sceptical, or hesitant,” he added.
“Maybe they were a little bit scared. They were playing not to lose as well. Because of the fast players we have up front who can break they were cautious, and approached the game not to lose.
“Both teams are not in the right place right now to attack, attack, attack, attack. Sometimes you have to be smart and settle for a point.”
“I don’t think it’s gone yet (chance of finishing in the top four). We’ve got a lot of games left to play and points to catch up. If we keep going in this direction and keep keeping clean sheets then we’ll definitely score goals.”
He also commented on Wayne Rooney’s rash tackle on Oscar which most Chelsea players believed warranted a sending off.
“I didn’t see the tackle, but from what I’ve heard it was a bit high,” Mikel said. “The other players were talking about it at the end and they said he should have been sent off. Oscar is fine though.”