Mikel Obi posted a handsome display on Sunday as Chelsea defeated Crystal Palace 3-0 in a Premier League clash at Selhurst Park. The win was Guus Hiddink’s first of his second spell in charge of Chelsea.
Super Eagles star and Chelsea Mid-fielder Mikel Obi was solid in the Chelsea midfield and created the space that led to Oscar’s opening goal in the first half.
Chelsea boss, Guus Hiddink also hailed the Nigerian star saying;
‘He played very well as he also did in the previous games. He’s the ideal player in my option to bring balance to the team. He doesn’t lose many balls, he’s good in short passing.
As one of Chelsea’s outstanding players, Mikel had 96% pass accuracy, won three tackles, had two blocks and one interception.
The Blues went into the match on a seven-game winless streak on the road, but goals from Oscar, Willian and Diego Costa ensured that they got 2016 off to an encouraging start in the first Premier League London derby of the year.
Eve though Eden Hazard had to go off the field early with an injury, that did not stop Chelsea from putting up a their usual dominant performance.
Chelsea took the lead shortly before the half-hour mark, however, as Cesc Fábregas pass sent Diego Costa through down the right channel where the striker cut the ball back for Oscar to slide a simple finish into the unguarded net, scoring a smooth sweet goal!