Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has once again sang the praise of Nigeria star Mikel Obi, saying he stablised the London club in a 2-0 win over Stoke City Monday night.
It was Mikel?’s 250th EPL start for Chelsea and the Jos-born star has started the last three EPL games and Mourinho said it was crucial to play Mikel alongside Nemanja Matic in order to keep out Stoke City.
“It’s a victory that means a bit more than the three points, not just because it’s difficult but because to win here you need to put more than just your quality in,” the Chelsea boss said.
“We decided to play Mikel and Matic, so we lost one creative player.
“We had that stability in the team.
“They put themselves in every situation and I think the kid was fantastic.”
Chelsea now lead the EPL with 42 points from 17 matches, just three points ahead of champions Manchester City.