Obi Mikel names the Chelsea player that helped him a lot – “He made me have a lot of confidence”

John Obi Mikel spent 11 years at Chelsea and won Premier League titles, FA Cup titles, League Cups, the Champions League and the Europa League.

He joined Chelsea as a youngster in 2006 and has named former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien as the player that helped him the most at Chelsea.

“Suddenly, I was sharing a dressing room with all these players I had watched on television back in Africa,” he told the Athletic.

“I was sitting next to Lassana Diarra. I’d be there thinking, ‘Oh my God, it’s Didier Drogba. It’s Frank Lampard. It’s John Terry’.

“Michael Essien (who joined from Lyon in the summer of 2005) really helped me. Michael always told me I was a good player and just reminded me to bring the ball down, control and pass. If you need to dribble, dribble. If you don’t need to, just pass. You are strong. You are fast, too. If you can, just push the ball past and run, run, run because they cannot catch you.

‘”He was the guy who really helped me and made me have a lot of confidence.”

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