John Obi Mikel says he is back to his best for Chelsea now he is fully fit again

27 August 2010 09:33
Fighting fit: Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel[LNB]John Obi Mikel believes his hard work on the training pitch is paying off after helping Chelsea open the defence of their Barclays Premier League title in blistering form.[LNB]The Blues have recorded successive 6-0 victories over West Bromwich Albion and at a week later at Wigan.[LNB]Next up are Stoke at Stamford Bridge - who were hammered 7-0 there in April as the Blues stormed towards the championship title.[LNB]Mikel suffered a knee injury that forced him to miss Nigeria's World Cup campaign but the midfielder insists he is now back to full fitness.[LNB]He said: 'Towards the end of last season before I was injured I was in good shape and playing almost every week. Then I got injured, had surgery and did my rehab.[LNB]'I just put my head down and knew I had to work twice as hard as the other players to get myself ready for the start of the season.[LNB]'I feel like it is paying off and I don't want to stop, I want to keep going and working hard in training.[LNB]'If you speak to the guys they will tell you I work as hard as anyone else on the training pitch, maybe harder and I just want to keep going like this.'[LNB] Florent Malouda sets sights on Champions League triumph with Chelsea Chelsea told to make last-ditch attempt for Neymar before Brazilian's fee rises to £36.8mCHELSEA FC

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