Atmosphere at Chelsea better without Mourinho -Mikel

Mikel Obi


Chelsea midfielder, John Obi Mikel, has revealed that the atmosphere at Stamford Bridge has improved since Jose Mourinho’s departure.

After losing nine of his 16 games in the Barclays Premier League, Mourinho left the club before Christmas with Guus Hiddink taking charge on an interim basis for the second time following a successful three-month spell in 2009

Two games into the reign of the Dutch manager, the Nigerian is beginning to find a new lease of life at Stamford Bridge.

A peripheral figure at the West London club under Mourinho, Mikel came on at half time against Watford and started against Manchester United.

The 28-year-old who is approaching his 10th year as a Chelsea player spent two spells under both Mourinho and Hiddink and along with John Terry is the only player to have been under both.

Now back in the team, Mikel has had a dig at his former manager Mourinho claiming things are better now the Portuguese manager has gone.

“We’ve moved on from that and the atmosphere has improved since the change of manager,” Mikel confessed.

“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.”