- Chelsea were in 2009 sent out of the Champions League by Barcelona
- Mikel Obi stated that there was serious tension in the dressing room after the exit
- Barcelona went on to beat Manchester United in the final of the Champions League
Chelsea legend John Obi Mikel has explained how difficult it was for his teammates then at Stamford Bridge when they crashed out of the Champions League against Barcelona in 2009.
The Blues were on the verge of reaching the final of the Champions League before Andreas Iniesta's late goal sent them out of the championship on away goals rule.
It was also a bad night for referee Tom Henning Ovrebo who had ignored four penalty appeals from Chelsea in the first leg encounter against Barcelona.
According to the report on Daily Mail, Mikel Obi who was on the bench throughout the match explained that his teammates were so angry with the referee's decision.
''It was chaos in the tunnel and the dressing room afterwards. Bottles, things flying everywhere. Tables were being smashed. Everyone was shouting and screaming.
''Mind you, one could say that was normal after that Chelsea team lost games!
''I don't know about now but losing back then was definitely not acceptable at all… but that was a really crazy night. Drogba lost it on the pitch and then it just carried on from there.''
Barcelona went on to win the Champions League title that year beating Manchester United in Rome.
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Super Eagles legend John Obi Mikel explained how going to play for Nigeria at the Olympics ended his career at Chelsea under former Blues manager Antonio Conte.
Before Antonio Conte arrived at Chelsea in 2016, the Nigerian footballer has been one of the best players for Chelsea considering his position.
Despite the Blues having star studded squad then, Mikel Obi still found his ways into the first team and played under managers like Mourinho, Scolari and Carlo Ancelloti.
Things turned sour for Mikel Obi prior to the 2016 Olympics in which Antonio Conte never wanted the Nigerian star to represent his country.
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