The midfielder says Chelsea’s Wednesday game against Newcastle is a must win

Nigeria and Chelsea FC’s midfield maestro, Obi Mikel, is confident the Blues will finish the English Premier League (EPL) in fourth place to boost their chances of making it to next year’s UEFA Champions League.

The Blues’ chances of playing in the continental championship next season hangs on either a victory over Bayern Munich at the finals of the champions league on May 19 or a 4 place finish in the EPL.

Chelsea are currently in the sixth position on 61 points from 35 matches, a point behind fifth-placed Newcastle and Tottenham Hotspur with three matches left of the season, but Mikel believes Chelsea are fired up to make a last minute run for the fourth place.

“The Blues could catapult to third position with a win at Stamford Bridge,” he said.

“Our target is still to finish within the top four. To reach the final of the Champions League was great and we are looking forward to winning, it but we are not joking with the league either. The last two weeks or so have been tough and important to us and so far we have able to achieve some of our objectives. Personally, we have never finished out of top four since I came here (to Chelsea) and so we still wish to stay within that placing.”

Mikel says the Blues match with Newcastle on Wednesday is a must win for the Chelsea if they must make it to the 4th place. 

“We are therefore taking the game against Newcastle very seriously,” he said. “It is very crucial we win this game in our quest to finish top four. They are ahead of us now, so we really need to win to take us closer to the top four. We will remain focused in all our remaining games.”

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