John Obi Mikel: Ex-Chelsea midfielder says Mourinho urged him to learn from Makélélé

John Obi Mikel: Ex-Chelsea midfielder says Mourinho urged him to learn from Makélélé

- John Obi Mikel has revealed Jose Mourinho advised him to learn from Claude Makélélé to improve his disciplinary record at Chelsea

- Mikel was sent off in two games against Reading and Arsenal after arriving Stamford Bridge

- After the initial setback the Nigerian international only saw red twice in nine seasons at Chelsea

Former Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has revealed how Jose Mourinho urged him to learn from Claude Makélélé in a bid to improve his disciplinary record after arriving Stamford Bridge from Lyn Oslo.

During his first season at Chelsea, Mikel Obi saw red in two matches against Reading and Arsenal, but after learning the tricks he was only red carded twice in his next nine seasons with the west London dwellers.

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“I saw a red card in my first match after I transferred to Chelsea. After playing a few games, I saw another red card.

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“The cards I saw made Jose Mourinho very unhappy and he advised me to follow Makalele to improve my game,” Mikel was quoted as saying during an interview with 61 Saat.

Speaking further, the ex-Super Eagles captain confessed that understudying Makalele, who was regarded as one of the best defensive midfielders improved his game overall

Makalele was an incredible player. His position, was perhaps one of the best in the world. As a young player, you want to intervene on every ball and fly on every ball. I started to change and improve myself when I started to watch Makalele.

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“Because my position is perhaps the most important position for the team. Or one of the most important. Every move you make there affects the team completely,” Mikel summed up.

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Legit.ng reported earlier that former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has described Spanish footballer Diego Costa as an 'animal' while speaking during world association game.

Diego Costa is a player known for his physical and aggressive nature and he played under Jose Mourinho when the Portuguese was in charge of Chelsea.

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