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Mikel Obi names player who really helped him at Chelsea

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Chelsea hero, John Mikel Obi, has named former teammate, Michael Essien, as the player who helped him during his time at Stamford Bridge.

Mikel explained that Essien always told him he was a good player and reminded him to bring the ball down, control and pass.

According to him, the former Ghanaian international made him have a lot of confidence in the game.

Mikel joined Chelsea in 2006, and didn’t leave the Blues until 2017.

The former Super Eagles captain made a total of 372 appearances for Chelsea in a career that saw him lift the Premier League trophy twice as well as the UEFA Champions League once in 2011/12.

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

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

“Michael Essien [who joined Chelsea 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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PSG ready to bring Osimhen back to France

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Paris Saint Germain (PSG) are considering making a move to sign Victor Osimhen from Napoli, according to Calciomercato.

It is being reported that the Ligue 1 club could offer Mauro Icardi in a cash plus swap deal for the Nigerian striker.

PSG are looking to offload Icardi, who is unsettled due to his marital problems with his wife and agent Wanda-Nara.

And they believe Osimhen, who has played in France with Lille, is the perfect replacement.

Osimhen has begun this season in fine form, after struggling to settle into Serie A football last year.

Osimhen joined Napoli from Lille for 81.3m euros in 2020 and although he scored 10 goals in 24 league games in his debut campaign, more was expected from him.

However, this season, he is finally showing why Napoli paid top dollar for his services with eight goals in nine games already.

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FIFA told to give Africa more than five World Cup slots

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South Africa head coach, Hugo Broos, has called on FIFA to consider giving Africa more than five slots, ahead of the 2022 World Cup finals.

There are only five spots available for African teams at next year’s World Cup in Qatar, while Europe for instance will take 13 of the 32 places.

Broos has led Bafana Bafana to three victories and one draw in their first four matches in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers and they are currently top of the Group G standings.

Only the group winners will advance to the next round of qualifying, where the five teams which will represent Africa will be decided.

“It is not fair, it is easier for good teams in Europe to qualify for the World Cup than [good teams] in Africa.

“In Africa, you have Ghana, Cameroon, Nigeria, Algeria, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, and Egypt.

“You already have eight good teams there! I hope for 2026 this will change … it is a pity they have waited so long to do that because Africa deserves more teams,” Broos told The Citizen.

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EPL: Thomas Tuchel names Hudson-Odoi’s best position at Chelsea

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Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has said that Callum Hudson-Odoi’s best position is the Blues’ left wing.

Tuchel also said that Hudson-Odoi, 20, needs to help as a right wing-back occasionally.

The German said this following Chelsea’s 4-0 win over Malmo in the Champions League on Wednesday evening.

Chelsea defeated Malmo, thanks to a brace from Jorginho and a strike each from Andreas Christensen and Kai Havertz.

Hudson-Odoi delivered an impressive performance on the left flank of Chelsea’s attack as Tuchel acknowledged his display against the visitors.

“This is his best position, I know,” Tuchel told beIN Sports.

“Sometimes he needs to help as a right wing-back, so he needs to take it for the team.

“But we know the half left position upfront is his best position.”

Chelsea’s next match is against Norwich City in the English Premier League, EPL, on Saturday.

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