John Obi Mikel explains what always holds Chelsea back
- Mikel can't see many leaders in this side.
- He used to be one of them as part of the 'Old Guard'.
- He believes being able to voice you opinion gives you an edge.
John Obi Mikel is back in England with Middlesbrough and from there he can follow his former side Chelsea even more closely. He does see the issues in Maurizio Sarri's set-up but he partly blames it on the players, or rather lack of certain qualities in them.
''It's not been too bad for the Chelsea old guard, hey?'' Mikel told The Sun reminiscing about the old days.
They love him at Boro:
I don't care if were in the Premier League, The Championship or League One somehow cos the FA hate us. We HAVE to sign this man for next season. I'm in love with him already! @mikel_john_obi #Boro #UTB pic.twitter.com/s6sGwxnCwy— Matt_Rowney (@Matt_Rowney) February 10, 2019
The inability to replace those men has always been an issue for the club, believes the Nigerian.
He added: ''When I watch them now, they're fantastic players but I don't see leaders. During our time I could scream at Didier Drogba or Lampard. I was 24 or 25 years old but I could voice my opinion and it would be heard.
''Now when I watch them, there's no one talking to each other, taking responsibility of being the leader. You need that edge and right now that's what they're lacking.''
They really do:
His first touch is always in to space, even in tight situations. Knows when to play the ball forwards / backwards. Doesn't need 8 touches to decide what he needs to do with the ball. Class as!— JB (@Jonny_Boro) February 9, 2019
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Jose Mourinho raised the issue in 2015 when he was wondering where all the champions in the squad had gone.