Lagos - John Mikel Obi has defended his World Cup
performance, claiming he tried to play for the team rather than seek glory.
The Chelsea midfielder continues to be the brunt of
criticism following what has been widely perceived as a disappointing World Cup
display, but the 27 year-old claims he is being unfairly criticized.
"I tried to do my best to work hard for the team. We
play together and nobody wants to be a Maradona because in our team, everybody
has to play for each other," Mikel told KickOffNigeria.com exclusively.
"All I wanted to do was work hard for the team and not
to look for glory, but people don't see that.
"You don't always have to dribble everybody to help the
team. And the coach knows that I was doing my best."
Mikel admitted that his game fell short of the standards he
set at the Confederation Cup last year, but says there was a slight change in
"The Confederations Cup was a learning experience for
us, and I think I was a little more forward there, but now I had to do more
work for the team.
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