Mourinho Salutes ‘Goal King’ Mikel

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has praised Mikel Obi after his goal set the London club on the road to victory in the FA Cup at Derby County.
Mourinho told the London club’s website that he has never recognised Mikel as a goal scorer before he headed Chelsea ahead in the 66th minute with a header off a free kick.
“I never recognise his ability to score goals!”, the Portuguese coach laughed.
“I recognise his ability to play as an anchorman, to play that position in a very comfortable way, with no mistakes. He reads the game well, plays in an intelligent and safe way, but I never recognise his goal-scoring appetite.
“There was a smile on my face [when he scored]. For some reason, Essien gave him the armband, normally it should go to Ashley Cole, so maybe it made him believe he was a goal scorer!
“It was important for us, we were dominating and dominating, creating and creating but the goal was not arriving. It was like the winning goal”.
“The game was difficult”, added Mourinho. “In the first half, we played quite well, we were not far from scoring but it was still 0-0 at half-time and that is a big risk, because after that if the opponent scores you are in trouble”.

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