Tuesday, 9 April 2013

“I miss playing in the Champions League” – Mikel Obi

Super Eagles midfielder, John Mikel Obi, has admitted that he misses
playing in the UEFA Champions League, after Chelsea dropped into the
Europa League.

The Blues finished the group stages in third position, behind Juventus
and Shakhtar Donestsk and now play on Thursday nights.

When asked if he misses the magic of the Champions League nights, he
said: "Yes, of course. No disrespect to the Europa League but when you
saw the game on Thursday, it was not the same.

"You get that buzz when you hear the song of the Champions League,
it's different. I don't know what the Europa League song is."

However, Obi made it clear that the club was trying its best to make
sure it qualifies for the competition next season.

"We want to be involved in the Champions League again next season.
We've been used to it, those kinds of special nights, and we want to
get it back.

"I think for us and the fans, Champions League football is the number
one target. It's what this club have always been involved in and as
players it's what we want to achieve.

"It's been frustrating to watch the Champions League games and see
teams like Barcelona play, while we have to play on Thursday nights.

"I have been here several years and never played football on Thursday
nights. So, hopefully, next season we are not going to be in it.

"We want to be in the top four, top three whatever — we want to be in
the Champions League next season."

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