Chelsea midfielder John Obi labels Premier League a “one-horse race”
Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel claims the Premier League has turned into a “one-horse race” this season. The 25-year-old Nigeria international believes Chelsea can still topple Manchester City from the second-spot on the table.
Upon returning from the African Nations Cup, with Nigeria winning the tournament, Mikel believes no team will be able to catch up with Manchester United this season. The Premier League leaders possess a 12-point lead on top of the table following a 2-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.
“To be realistic I don’t think anyone will be betting on us – or City,” said Mikel. “You don’t know what can happen in football but at the moment it’s a one-horse race. United are doing so well now and what a signing Robin van Persie has been for them so I think it is their season.
“They have been the best team so far. Even when they have not been playing well Sir Alex Ferguson always finds a way to get three points.”
Mikel admitted it’s frustrating to see Chelsea lose so many managers in quick succession and that the club wasn’t able to build on the good start they acquired at the beginning of this season.
“We started so well but then we had a little bit of a dip,” Mikel continued. “Then there were a few changes here and there and changes take time to gel. We just have to keep working and respect the manager.
“He’s the boss and we just have to follow his instructions and do what he wants us to do.”
After helping Chelsea acquire an edgy win over Sparta Prague to reach the last 16 of the Europa Cup, Mikel saw his side fall to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City on Sunday night.
It is still not clear who will be the new boss of Stamford Bridge after Rafael Benitez’s contract with Chelsea ends at the end of the season. Rife rumors suggest Everton boss David Moyes could take over the managerial hot-seat in London, but no conclusive reports have arrived on this matter.