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Chelsea's Nigerian ace gets boost from the boss

DUO: Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink and John Obi Mikel (right)
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CHELSEA INTERIM coach Guus Hiddink heaped praise on Nigerian international John Obi MIkel after Chelsea's 3-0 win at Crystal Palace yesterday (Jan 3).

Super Eagle Mikel hardly got a look in under the now departed Jose Mourinho this season but Hiddink has restored him into the team. Mikel was pivotal to the team during Hiddink’s previous stint at Chelsea and it appears he is a player he fully trusts to get the team back to where they were.

Speaking at the post match press conference after Chelsea’s victory over Palace at Selhurst Park, a delighted Hiddink said “He played very well today but also in previous games. He is my ideal player and option to bring balance in my team.

"I thought John was one of the key figures in getting back the balance. He can recover easily and he has got the eyes like a radar.”

The Dutchman added: “He knows where the strength of the opponent is. He has very good eyes, very good nose and a very good sense to recover and he does not do it in a very brutal way.

"He is one player who can defend smoothly and it is beautiful to see. He does not lose many balls and does short passing. Don’t expect him to get the final decisive pass."

There has been speculation several times that the Nigerian's time might be up at Stamford Bridge, but it appears that the defensive midfielder might just have received a massive vote of confidence and a new lease of life.

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