New Chelsea manager Guss Hiddink was full of surprises for Super Eagles midfielder John Mikel Obi following Chelsea’s 3-0 crushing of Crystal Palace.
“If the team is not willing to defend well or have the right balance
then you concede a lot of goals. I thought John Obi can be one of the
key figures in getting the balance back. On top of that the talented
players can then explore their qualities.
“He can recover the radar. He knows the game very well. He knows
where the strength of the opponent is and he knows exactly how to cope
with that. He has a very good eye, a very good nose, and a very good
sense of where to recover.
“He doesn’t do it in a very brutal way – he’s very, very elegant.
What I like to see very much is not just a quality player but a player
who can defend so smoothly. It’s beautiful to see. He doesn’t lose many
balls, he’s good in short passing. I don’t expect and I don’t ask him to
make the decisive final pass. He can but no, we let the other players