Chelsea midfielder talks of improved atmosphere in the dressing room.
There has been plenty of comment and focus on disharmony in the Chelsea dressing room for a month...
There has been plenty of comment and focus on disharmony in the Chelsea dressing room for a month or so leading up to Jose Mourinho leaving. Now, three games on, John Obi Mikel has spoken of an improved atmosphere since Guus Hiddink has taken over.
We will never know what really happened at Cobham and most we read is pure speculation but one thing we can all agree on is the fact that Jose Mourinho seemed to lose part of the dressing room. Once that happens the writing is on the wall no matter how successful you have been.
The decision was made, Jose Mourinho packed his things and left Chelsea Football Club for the second time. Within days, Guus Hiddink was re-appointed the Interim Coach once again and has an even bigger job on his hands this time around starting with the dressing room and pulling everyone together once again.
Three games later (two with Hiddink in charge), and we are unbeaten but still lack that cutting edge to our game that became a feature last season. However, John Obi Mikel has spoken of a change in atmosphere which will be key in our struggle to climb the league table.
"We’ve moved on and the atmosphere has improved since the change of manager. It’s fine now, we’ve just not been getting results. José is a fantastic manager and will always be a fantastic guy. But sometimes football is a cruel game and you have to move on. He came back to the club a second time and won two trophies but now he’s gone and we have to move on. Is it the right decision? Who knows? We’ll only see in the future.
He [Hiddink] hasn’t changed much yet but he was here before and he knows the place and all the staff. The players are different – only me and John Terry were here before – but he knows what to do. We’re down there in the table for a reason so he can’t come in and perform miracles but we want to get out of there and climb the table. We’ve had three games now without losing so are making the right steps.”
I've said it before and will say it again, you have to be as much of a man manager these days as being tactically aware and Guus Hiddink is proven in both. He pulled us together and sorted us out in his first stint in charge and I am 100% certain he will do it again this time around.
It seems that he is on the right track. Let's hope it continues!