Mikel predicts crunchy London derby
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Chelsea are top of the EPL with 19 points from seven matches, five points clear of fifth-placed Spurs.
The London derby will take an extra dimension as Chelsea will be up against their former manager Andre Villas-Boas.
Mikel, who at the weekend was on international duty for Nigeria against Liberia in a 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, said it will be a daunting task at lunch time at White Hart Lane.
“Any game after the international break is always difficult, playing against Tottenham will always be tough, and now that they have our former manager, it may be even tougher,” Mikel told MTNFootball.com.
“We know what we expect from them and we will neutralise them and get victory so we can remain in the top position.
“It is also an opportunity for us to widen the gap at the top, and I know we can do it.”
Andre Villas-Boas will face his former employers for the first time since he was dismissed in March and he will also square up against his assistant while he was in charge of ‘The Blues’, Roberto Di Matteo.
Chelsea do not have the best of records following internationals and have only won three of their last seven matches after such a break, with their most recent result being a goalless draw with Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road earlier this season.