By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho reserved special praises for the Super Eagles midfielder John Mikel Obi in the Blues' 4-1 Capital One Cup win over Walsall on Wednesday night.
Mikel was deployed in a three-man midfield alongside Ramires and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
"The midfield was really good. Mikel and Ramires played amazingly well," Mourinho told the Chelsea website.
Mourinho also commented about the contributions of club captain John Terry: "John was solid, no problem. We brought a solid defence.
The Portuguese manager said of their opponents: "I analysed Walsall before. I was surprised with the quality of their play.
“They were a different team to normal in League One; not so physical, and technically fast. They were very well organised.
“I haven’t found a team in League One playing the quality of football that they tried to play.”
Mikel Obi was yellow-carded though in the 39th minute of the game in a 90-minute appearance.
Chelsea's next COC opponents are Premier League rivals Stoke City.