Nigeria football player, John Obi Mikel said he was quite slow to the pace revealed how Jose Mourinho “killed” him during their time at English Premier League side Chelsea FC.
Mikel said in an interview with the BBC World Service’s Sportsworld”, I “Got sent off on my first game. Mourinho killed me. The speed of the game took me a while to understand it.
“I was a very naughty boy. I’ll get up to speed but I was late to trainings many times. I was wearing the wrong dress codes. Mourinho was very firm with me because he wanted me to learn and learn very fast because he brought me in.
Mikel joined Chelsea in 2006 from Lyn Oslo as a 19 year-old off an impressive performance at the 2005 U-20 FIFA World Cup in Netherlands, where he finished the tournament as second best player, only behind Argentina’s Lionel Messi, who led the Argentines to lift the trophy, defeating Mikel’s Nigeria 1-0 in the final.
With interests from Bayern Munich, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and others, Mikel signed for Jose Mourinho-led Chelsea for €16 million.
Mikel, however, said the pace of the EPL was difficult for him to get into gear with the Chelsea team where he spent 11 years at Chelsea during which he won the Champions League, two Premier League titles, three FA Cups and Europa League titles before joining Chinese side, Tianjin Teda, in 2017.