Mikel Benched As Chelsea Force Newcastle Draw

Mikel Benched As Chelsea Force Newcastle Draw

Nigeria midfielder Mikel Obi was an unused substitute as Chelsea scored two goals in the final 11 minutes to rescue a 2-2 draw at Newcastle United.

Mikel, who was only recently recalled to the Super Eagles, was not needed as Jose Mourinho made changes in search of comeback goals.

Newcastle were the better team in the first half, and they took a deserved lead three minutes from the break when Daryll Janmaat’s searching ball got the better of Kurt Zouma and Branislav Ivanovic, allowing Perez to volley beyond Chelsea’s Bosnian keeper Asmir Begovic and silence the visiting supporters.

Georginio Wijnaldum got the better of Cesc Fabregas in the area to head home Perez’s corner and double Newcastle’s advantage.

Chelsea fought back and Ramires got them back in the game with a long range shot.
Ramires was also involved in the equaliser as his run deceived goalkeeper Krul for Willian’s freekick to sail in.


  • Chelsea are very fortunate to escape defeat. As it is they are 15th on the log and their n next EPL match is against Southampton FC who beat Swansea 3-1. It’s not good news yet. Although Chelsea will be at home, they can be beaten there to worsen matter for Mourinho. As I said before, Mourinho will be sacked on or before January and if care is not taken, Chelsea will end the league on 10th position. No Europe for him. Let him be talking instead of planning and strategizing. We will see.