Speaking to the club’s official site, Di Matteo described Mikel as a very vital player in his plans at the Stamford Bridge.
- We all make mistakes in games and I don't think he gets the credit for the work he does for the team.
-Over the years he has been almost ever-present. He was very important at the back end of last season and this season he has started in good form.
-He is very rated by us in the group and it's a position where you're a bit of an unsung hero. But he is very important for our team.
Mikel and his teammates have managed to open a four point’s gap atop the English premier League standings ahead of second placed Manchester United.