Nigerian international Mikel Obi was rested by manager Guus Hiddink in the FA Cup Third round win against English League One side Scunthorpe United this evening at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues continued their resurgence under the Dutch caretaker manager with a comfortable 2-0 victory but Mikel who has been a mainstay for the former UEFA Champions League winners was given a deserved rest after featuring in all Hiddink’s three previous games.
The former Lyn Oslo midfielder watched from the bench as Spaniard Diego Costa escaped Scott Laird and impressively directed Branislva Ivanovic’s cross past Luke Daniels in goal for the visitors inside the first 13 minutes.
It did not turn out a whitewash as expected as the Blues waited until the second half to double their lead courtesy substitute Ruben Loftus-Cheek who blasted a shot past the keeper after receiving a pass from Cesar Azpilicueta.
Chelsea won the game 2-0 and will now await the fourth round draw which will be held on Monday night.