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Mikel belittles Mourinho’straining methods

SUPER Eagles captain John Obi Mikel said Chelsea players were fitter and better under present coach Antonio Conte, unlike last season when they struggled for form under former coach Jose Mourinho.

Mikel has not played any game for Chelsea this season despite showing top form with the Super Eagles. He submitted that part of Chelsea problems last season include lack of fitness of the players under Mourinho. The 2015 champions finished 16th on the English Premier League table.

Nigeria's John Obi Mikel celebrates after receiving the bronze medal during the medal ceremony after defeating Honduras in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games men's bronze medal football match at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on August 20, 2016.  / AFP PHOTO / GUSTAVO ANDRADE

“One thing is for sure, is that the team is a lot fitter this season. A lot of players are going to be much, much fitter and that is only going to help the team.

“Obviously, quite a lot was made last year that a lot of the players were not fit, so the club decided to go for someone to make sure we are fit.

“The players have responded very well to him, we are going with whatever the manager wants to do in training, everyone is putting in their best and we have to keep going his way.

“We have to make sure we keep doing whatever the manager wants to do and if we can improve the team that way then I think everybody is on board with that,” said Mikel.


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