A recharged Mikel Obi is already prepared for the battle ahead against Barcelona in the semi-final of the UEFA Champions League. The Nigerian has said that Chelsea will seek to avenge a Champions League semi-final exit they suffered against Barcelona three seasons ago.
The Spanish club dumped Chelsea at the same stage of the competition in the 2008/09 season on the away goals’ rule after they drew 1-1 in very controversial circumstances in London following a goalless draw at the Camp Nou.
The Stamford Bridge team will now host Barcelona who are the defending champions on April 18 in another semi-final match-up in the same competition with the return game holding six days later.
“We’ve met at this stage before and they scaled through. It’s our time now to do same to them,” Mikel told MTNFootball.com.
“Barcelona are a great team, no doubt. They are the best now, but that does not mean they are invincible as they have lost games this season, so we can beat them.
“We just have to win the first leg at home while keeping a clean sheet and then go to Barcelona to wrap it up. We have top quality players who can make this happen.”
Mikel played the full duration in both legs of the quarterfinals against Portugal’s Benfica as Chelsea won 3-1 on aggregate after winning their first game in Lisbon 1-0. He enjoyed lass playing time in the last days of Andres Villa-Boas as the manager of the London club.
“We are relieved to reach the semi-finals as it was not easy to beat a very good Benfica team,” admitted Mikel.
The Super Eagles midfielder made similar comments just before Chelsea defeated Benfica 2-1 at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. Mikel who made his views on Chelsea website predicted that Chelsea would record a win against the Portuguese side in the quarter-final pairing. Followers of Chelsea eagerly await the game against Barcelona who are rated as one of the very best teams in the world now.