Chelsea v Juventus: We weren’t lucky to win Champions League – Mikel
Chelsea v Juventus: John Obi Mikel insists the Blues were not "lucky" to win the Champions League title last season
John Obi Mikel insists Chelsea were not “lucky” to win last season’s Champions League, with the Blues midfielder adamant the club can successfully defend their title.
Chelsea overcame a series of hurdles to reach the Munich showpiece in May, including a remarkable 3-2 aggregate victory over defending champions Barcelona in the semi-finals.
And in the final itself, Didier Drogba’s 87th-minute header cancelled out Thomas Müller’s opener, with Arjen Robben missing a spot-kick in extra-time before the Blues won a dramatic penalty shootout.
However, Mikel dismissed the suggestion Roberto Di Matteo’s side were fortuitous to win their inaugral Champions League crown, insisting the Blues worked hard and thoroughly deserved to claim Europe’s top prize.
“I think you need luck in everything you do,” said Mikel.
“It wasn’t just luck which saw us through last season. When you look at the game against Barcelona, we played with ten men, and you can see how determined we were and how much we wanted it. We worked very hard for it.
“When people say that [it was luck], it’s actually not true. We worked very hard for what we achieved last season, but at the same time, you need luck with everything you do.
“This season is a different story altogether. We’ve brought in new players that are going to help us in this campaign.
“Hopefully we can play good football, win games and go very far in this tournament and reach the final again.”
The 25-year-old, who played the full 120 minutes of the final, is adamant Di Matteo’s squad must now forget about the final and look forward to future challenges, such as winning the Premier League and retaining their European crown.
“I’ve watched the final back once,” he added. “It was the greatest night for us a club and players.
“We just have to keep going. We won but we don’t want to keep looking back to it. We want to keep moving forward and look to the future.”