Tuesday September 18 2012
Mikel hails 'legend' Pirlo

John Obi Mikel is looking forward to facing “a legend like Andrea Pirlo” in tomorrow’s Chelsea-Juventus clash.

“Pirlo is a great player and he has been in the game a long time,” said midfielder Mikel in a Press conference.

“Every day I come in to training and I like learning, even from the younger players, and I am always open to new things.

“Playing against a legend like Pirlo is going to be great but I also want to win so it is going to be a battle.

“He wants to win and I want to win but I respect him as a player and hopefully I can learn from him tomorrow.

“We have lots of good, senior players to deal with the pressure and we are all big players so we live with pressure every game.

“It isn't going be easy because Juventus haven't lost for a long time but if we go out there and we are tactically sound then we have a very good chance of winning the game.

“Everyone knew how important it was for us to win the Champions League, but we don't want to stop and hopefully tomorrow is going to be the start of us retaining the title.

“We worked very hard for what we achieved last season and we have brought in new players that are going to help us in the game. Hopefully this season we can play good football and get to the final again. We are still hungry.”

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