Search

Mikel wants to mark Chelsea milestone with Norwich victory

PUBLISHED: 07:58 05 October 2012

Chelsea's John Obi Mikel in action against Juventus. Photo credit: Nigel French/EMPICS

Chelsea's John Obi Mikel in action against Juventus. Photo credit: Nigel French/EMPICS

EMPICS Sport

John Obi Mikel has no intention of taking his foot off the gas as he looks to help maintain Chelsea’s blistering start to the season against Norwich.

The European champions go into tomorrow’s clash at Stamford Bridge three points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League, having dropped just two points from their opening six matches.

Even a draw would be enough to see them end the weekend at the summit but midfielder Mikel is determined to build on the Blues’ four successive wins in all competitions.

“I’ve been pretty happy with the way we’ve started the season,” said the 25-year-old, who should make his 250th Chelsea appearance tomorrow.

“We are where we want to be. We’re top of the table and unbeaten still. We want to keep that going.”

Chelsea have so far confounded the doubters who did not believe they could overhaul Manchester City and Manchester United after finishing 25 points adrift of them last season and engaging in a revolution in their style of play.

Last weekend’s win at Arsenal was their biggest test yet and they passed it with flying colours.

Mikel told Chelsea TV: “When we played against Newcastle, I said it was going to be a big test for us and we managed to beat them 2-0 and it was a great win for us.

“And then Arsenal, wow, how are we going to go about it? But we went out there, we took the initiative.

“We made sure we took the game to them. We played very well, we controlled the game.

“We know Arsenal are going to have a bit possession.

“But I think we actually did exactly what we wanted to do.”

Mikel was rested for Tuesday’s Champions League win in Nordsjaelland, along with captain John Terry and Eden Hazard.

All three are likely to return tomorrow, with manager Roberto Di Matteo having yet to name an unchanged line-up this season.

The Italian must decide whether to rest the likes of Branislav Ivanovic, Ashley Cole, David Luiz, Ramires and - arguably most pressingly - Fernando Torres.

Torres has started every match this season and may have been given a break already but for a hamstring injury to Daniel Sturridge, who has missed the last five games.

He could well start tomorrow if passed fit, as could right-back Cesar Azpilicueta - who has yet to make his Premier League debut - and Ryan Bertrand.

Related articles

0 comments

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Sports News

Hackney Rugby Club have won the London North West Three title – despite having their home game with Staines bring ruled as a walkover.

Yesterday, 17:34

Today’s Friday Fanzone Q&A talks to ‘Highbury Harold’ a member of the Black Scarf movement – the supporter group ‘that says it like it is’. Read on for this fourth generation Gooner’s views on all things Arsenal...

Yesterday, 14:00

A look at how the White Hart Lane club have moved forward again this season despite improvement from most rival teams

Yesterday, 11:30

Extra £410,000 to identify and support young talent

Thu, 12:29

All eyes will be on London North West Three where Hackney Rugby Club could potentially win the title if they comfortably beat bottom of the table Staines.

Thu, 09:37

Islington and Camden’s two District Primary School teams played out a pulsating semi-final in the Kay Trophy at Chase Lodge – with Islington just getting through on penalties.

Thu, 09:36

A school in Hampstead is ready to claim national glory at a major table tennis tournament.

Wed, 16:30

Kane will have to watch from his TV tonight as ‘unbelievable’ Dele Alli looks to improve his goalscoring record at international level

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read Hampstead & Highgate sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

The Ham&High has teamed up with Weber® to celebrate the launch of its innovative Genesis® II collection at Weber® World at Sunshine Garden Centre in London.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now