Dressing Room Better After Mourinho

John Mikel Obi has admitted the atmosphere in the  Chelsea  dressing room has improved, just three games after the sacking of Jose Mourinho.

Blues interim manager Guus Hiddink claimed after his side’s 0-0 draw against Manchester United that he had already lifted spirits at Stamford Bridge since succeeding Mourinho, who was often publicly critical of his players towards the end of his reign.

And Chelsea midfielder Mikel believes the departure of the Portuguese has resulted in an end to what technical director Michael Emenalo described as a ‘palpable discord’ between the former manager and his players.

‘We’ve moved on from that and the atmosphere has improved since the change of manager,’ he said. ‘It’s fine now, we’ve just not been getting results.

‘Jose is a fantastic manager and will always be a fantastic guy. But sometimes football is a cruel game and you have to move on.

‘Is it the right decision? Who knows? We’ll only see in the future.’

Chelsea has moved to 14th in the league after going unbeaten over the festive period but they remain 15 points adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham in the final Champions League spot