Super Eagles captain Mikel Obi believes reigning Premier League champions Chelsea can still qualify for the quarter final of this season’s UEFA Champions League despite their 1-1 draw against Barcelona at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea were forced to a 1-1 draw by Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie in which Lionel Messi scored his first goal against the Blues.
Mikel who spent close to 11 years at Stamford Bridge stated that Chelsea can replicate their 2012 semi-final heroics where they came from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Nou Camp to reach their second UEFA Champions League final 3-2 on aggregate.
“I played for Chelsea for 11 years and that comeback I will remember for the rest of my life.
“Obviously I will continue to support Chelsea as always and hopefully they will go through into the next round.
“I believe they will knock out Barcelona on their own ground, just like we did in 2012.” Mikel told Tianjin Today’s Evening News.
Press men had reported how Argentine superstar Lionel Messi on Tuesday night, February 20, scored his first goal against Chelsea to help Barcelona record a 1-1 draw against the Blues in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 ties.
Chelsea started the match impressive with superb display from Nigerian international Victor Moses and Frenchman N’Golo Kante.
The Blues fans were livid when Brazilian star Willian was denied two times by woodwork in the first half as the first 45 minutes ended goalless.