Super Eagles defender, John Mikel Obi was at the heart of the Blues defense as Chelsea defeated Southampton 2 – 1 at St. Mary’s Stadium in Saturday’s Barclay’s Premier League match.
Mikel played the entire minutes of the encounter and made an important interception in a match that saw both teams searching for the maximum points.
It was the 28-year-old’s 14th appearance in the colors of the Blues this season with no goal to record. However, his consistency under Chelsea coach, Guus Hiddink, has forced Namanja Matic back on the bench.
Southampton had taken the lead in the 42nd minute after Chelsea defender, Baba Rahman gifted the ball to Shane Long, who slotted the ball to the back of the net, calmly.
Cesc Fabregas gave Chelsea a lifeline as he scored in the 75th minute to level scores before Branislav Ivanovic’s header in the 89th minute silenced the lips of the home supporters to put the London team ahead in the second half and give a vital three points to the away team.