Super Eagles Coach Gernot Rohr Reveals True Reason Why Conte Isn’t Playing Mikel At Chelsea


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John Obi Mikel lack of playing time at English Premier League side Chelsea, according to the coach of the Nigeria senior national team Gernot Rohr is based on issues outside football.

Mikel is yet to play a competitive game under coach Antonio Conte this season, which happens to he his 11th at Stamford Brige. A record that makes him the second oldest player in the team bar captain John Terry.

Rohr during the Super Eagles media parley was asked about his opinion on the lack of game time, the captain of the Super Eagles is currently enduring and the Franco German coach who recently went to Chelsea to speak with the team’s hierarchy over Mikel’s situation defended his captain.

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  1. If the claim made by the Nigerian senior team coach is true, then Conte is a racist. He should have a rethink about his stand. Mike came to lime light playing for his national team, why then should Conte be punishing him for answering national call?

  2. Well I knew from the start that there is something fishy about Mikel’s lack of playing time.He should just go ahead and look for another club. He has won a whole lot with Chelsea even without Conte.So he should prove to him that he is a big player by moving on.Answering a national call is sign of patriotism and not a crime.Mikel should be proud of that.

    • but Mikel is not the only player not playing now. even fabregas a world cup winer is not playing. conte is a new coach with a new system and he chooses who is fit for the system like victor moses(Nigerian) is playing now.

  3. it’s obvious that Mikel opted for the Olympics instead of the pre season tour unlike iwobi iheanacho etc but conte began its 3 4 3 tactics few weeks ago. yet Mikel and fabregas has no chance in the Chelsea team.did fabregas also played in the Olympics

  4. I believe in the talent of Mikel,still a great Player. It’s honor to welcome national calls,which is the Best,keep it on…if interest from another good club build for him,just welcome it. 11 season at a club,he had done well.

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