Genuinely forgot John Obi Mikel was at Chelsea. However, the Nigerian international midfielder comes into the Blues’ starting line-up for their Premier League clash with Newcastle United.
Mikel replaces the suspended Nemanja Matic, and that is some big shoes to fill with the Serbian international seen as the man to finally replace Claude Makelele with his strong, sensible and industrious consistency.
Jose Mourinho doesn’t seem to fazed by Matic’s absence – and who can blame him with Chelsea’s ridiculous squad depth – with the Portguese manager saying in his Friday press conference:
“We trust other people and we forget about Matic,”
“He has a little bit of a holiday, a free weekend which he deserves very much, so he will return stronger.”
Come 2:30(ish)pm today, we will know just how important Matic is to this Chelsea side but Twitter seems to think the Blues will struggle with Mikel in the middle of the park against the Magpies’ Moussa Sissoko.
I think Newcastle can get something out of this. Matic is a huge loss for CFC.
— ° (@DiMariaFinesse) December 6, 2014
We dont have matic today,,,,,massive loss in the midfield I must say!!!!
— the highborn jr. ii (@Ghimiresaroj49) December 6, 2014
Matic’s absence is a huge blow, especially with Ramires also out. The prospect of Sissoko against Mikel scares me #CFC
— Venkatesh Iyer (@venkateshiyer8) December 6, 2014
Matic not playing is a huge blow for us, bigger than if Costa or willian don’t play
— Sam (@maroj7) December 5, 2014
Newcastle team look ordinary on paper, only Sissoko presence in their midfield gives me the chills due to Matic absence
— ifeanyi (@BlueFromNigeria) December 6, 2014