Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Mikel vows to avenge Premier League misery in Moscow

John Obi Mikel has warned Manchester United that Chelsea will make up for the misery of losing the Premier League title race by winning the Champions League.

Chelsea were pipped to the English crown by United after Sir Alex Ferguson's side beat Wigan on Sunday, while the Blues were held to a 1-1 draw against Bolton.

But Nigeria midfielder Mikel only has to cast his mind back to last season – when Chelsea beat United in the FA Cup final after finishing behind them in the league – for proof that Avram Grant's team can triumph in Moscow on May 21.

“There is a sense of frustration but determination among everyone,” Mikel said.

“At the end of the day, we wouldn't have won the title anyway. We wanted to win and we knew that three points was our only chance of beating Manchester United, but it wasn't to be.

“We were saying to each other afterwards that we would put things right in Moscow. We will keep working hard until the final and make sure we win the Champions League.

“Last year, they won the league and we beat them in the FA Cup final. They have won the league again but we know that we're good enough to beat them.

“They're a very good side, we all know that, but we have to focus on the day. I think we're going to win it.”


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