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Mikel excited ahead of City test

Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel is excited to be taking on Manchester City in the second FA Cup semi-final.

The Premier League heavyweights clash at Wembley on Sunday for the right to face Wigan in the final and the Nigerian admitted the Blues were slightly distracted in their Europa League semi-final against Rubin as a result.

“It’s a game we’re looking forward to and, if you look at the game against Rubin, we probably had one eye on (Sunday’s) game,” he told the club’s official website.

“It’s going to be a very difficult game, City are playing very well now towards the end of the season, they just beat Manchester United at Old Trafford and they have confidence.

“We just have to go out there and do what we normally do, just try to play football, and hopefully we can get a good result.”

City have beaten Chelsea six times since 2009 and Mikel admitted Roberto Mancini’s side have been a bit of a bogey team for the Blues.

“A few times we’ve been unlucky playing against them but we will be doing our best to try to change that record and turn it in our favour,” he said.

“I watched the game against United and they dominated, but we have to go into the game knowing if we keep the ball and move it around we will have our own chances.

“If you look at their team, they are a great side. When they’re playing the way they are right now I don’t think many teams can stop them but we’re a good side as well, we have a young team and hopefully it will be a great game.

“Together as a team we just keep doing what we can and try to get into the way the manager wants us to play.”

Sun 14 Apr, 2013
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