21 May 2012

Nigeria: Champ League Win, My Greatest Moment - Mikel

JOHN Mikel Obi has described Chelsea's victory in Saturday's Champions League final against Bayern Munich as the greatest moment of his life, as he became the third Nigerian to record the feat.

Chelsea beat favourites Bayern Munich in front of their home fans on penalties to win their first-ever Champions League trophy.

Nigeria international Mikel was in the thick of action from start to finish, unlike in 2008 when he was an unused substitute as Chelsea lost another penalty shootout against fellow English club Manchester United in the Champions League final.

An ecstatic Mikel, who was great in the heart of Chelsea midfield breaking Bayern attack again and again, said Saturday's conquest has brought to an end a long dream to be champions of Europe.

'This is an incredible feat and feeling. Words cannot express how I am feeling,' Mikel said.

'We have been dreaming of this day since I joined the team (in 2006), this is the best and greatest moment of my career. It will live with me for the rest of my life.'

Mikel, who has now matched the feat achieved by the Ajax Amsterdam pair of Nwankwo Kanu and Finidi George in 1995, admitted he was shocked when Bayern took the lead late in the final, but did not completely lose hope.

'I was devastated for just a few minutes, and said to myself we need to keep playing as something tell me we will score and when it happened,' he said.

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