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The Nigerian midfielder is gradually cementing his place as a starter for Chelsea under Jose Mourinho

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has applauded John Obi Mikel for his sterling performance in the Blues' 2-0 win over Fulham last Saturday at Stamford Bridge to record three victories in three home matches.

Mourinho who watched Mikel break his 261-game goal drought that had lasted since his first spell in charge said the Nigerian international gave his side the needed balance.

“Good for him, good for us. I think it is good for his confidence. And I think people enjoyed seeing John (Obi Mikel) score a goal.'

“The goal was a shot in a set-piece, in a corner, a rebound, the finishing was good and he was in the position, but the important thing for me is he played a good game, he gave balance and stability.

"He kept very good control of the game, so I am happy with the way John is playing,” Mourinho concluded.