Nigeria vs Germany: Mikel John Obi says Chelsea team-mates have inspired him to victory in Olympic


I was already full of belief ahead of Nigeria’s semi-final against Germany tonight, but seeing the way Chelsea beat West Ham on Monday has inspired me even more.

Due to a training session with the Nigeria squad, I couldn’t watch the game live. But the moment I turned my phone on afterwards, I had loads of texts from people about the result and saw some of the highlights. The passion and commitment from the players, new manager and crowd was there for all to see and it is something we need to match against Germany.

We are going into the game in good spirits after a good 2-0 win over Denmark in the quarter-finals. I am in good form too after getting a goal and an assist. Some Chelsea fans may have been surprised to see me that far forward when I put us 1-0 up.

I know there has been banter among supporters, as well as Chelsea players in the dressing room, about my ability to find the net as I haven’t got many over the last 10 years!

But I play in a more advanced position for Nigeria. I’m happy to do both roles though.

Obviously Germany are a good team, but we haven’t been thinking too much about them.

I must admit we have been practising penalties just in case. We know Germany have a great record in shoot-outs, although it is our aim to win in 90 minutes