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The Nigerian midfielder believes that the Blues have the manpower to cope with playing every three days till the end of the season

Mikel Obi helped Chelsea qualify for the quarter final of the Uefa Europa League on Thursday where they have been drawn against Rubin Kazan.

That adds an additional two matches to the matches the London team will play in the 2012/13 season.

Chelsea have the FA Cup replay against Manchester United scheduled for April 1 which starts a 17-game schedule in 51 days.

“Yes, of all teams we can cope with it. We had a similar thing with the FA Cup and Champions League last year,” Mikel told the London Standard.

“If you play for Chelsea you know you have to play loads of games every season because we manage to go far in every tournament.

“It’s a test for the new players, something quite strange for them, but for those of us who have been here for a long time we know how the fixtures work out for us.

“We’re prepared for it and we just need to keep going and improving. There is a lot of talent in that dressing room, big characters, great players and we have shown it many times over all the years.

“The top four is still going to be difficult. Arsenal still have a chance of slipping into it and Liverpool as well with the way they’re playing.

“Arsenal’s win against Bayern Munich the other night is going to be a confidence boost for them. Winning 2-0 in Bayern is not easy.

“The manner in which they did it too is going to give them more confidence and thinking they can come back in the Premier League.

“There are so many games coming up but we have the team, we have the squad to cope with this. Hopefully we will end the season very well and get good results. Once we get on a roll things happen,” he added.

Chelsea are fighting for three objectives after starting the season chasing eight trophies. They need to achieve a top four place in the Premiership and try to win the Europa League and the FA Cup under interim boss, Rafael Benitez.

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