Mikel: Chelsea atmosphere has improved since Mourinho left


Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has claimed that the atmosphere at Chelsea has improved since the exit of Jose Mourinho and the arrival of Guus Hiddink.

The Nigerian defensive midfielder claimed that the performances have also improved and implied that the side have been unfortunate to not get the desired results under Hiddink so far.

“We’ve moved on and the atmosphere has improved since the change of manager. It’s fine now, we’ve just not been getting results,” he said.

Since Hiddink’s first spell in charge of the London club, Mikel and Terry are the only players still at Chelsea. The midfielder claimed that Hiddink has not changed much since then and that the Dutchman is aware of what is needed at Stamford Bridge at the moment.

When asked to reflect on what has gone wrong at Chelsea this season, Mikel claimed that he is confused that he would not be able to pinpoint the exact reason behind Chelsea’s decline because he has not played much under Mourinho.

Further, Mikel went on to say that Chelsea’s decline this season is collectively a fault of the players and the manager.

He said: “I’ve been as confused as everyone else,”.

“It’s difficult when you’re not playing, as you don’t really know what the problems are. I wasn’t playing that much under Mourinho so couldn’t put my finger on what was going wrong. It was a collective thing – the players and the manager were not performing.”

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