Super Eagles midfielder John Obi Mikel is of the opinion that centre referee Mark Clattenburg’s decisions on Saturday was the Blues’ undoing in the 3-1 defeat to Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.
The Nigerian international played 70 minutes of the Blues’ defeat to Liverpool on Saturday, a game he looks back on with a degree of frustration at the chain of events which contributed to a disappointing afternoon at Stamford Bridge.
“We knew it was going to be a difficult game but we started well and it was a good performance.
“We got the goal and if we went into the break 1-0 up it would have been much easier but the referee played two minutes and 30 seconds [stoppage time] and if we’d played the exact minutes we would have gone in at 1-0.
“Then the referee gave me a yellow card for my first foul and just after that Lucas committed a foul – for me and for everyone else it should have been a [second] yellow card.” Mikel told the Blues official website.
Mikel who has featured in each of Chelsea’s past three fixtures will hope the fortunes of the team turns around as soon as possible in order to keep pace with teams vying for Champions League spot next season.