We'll win it for them! Mikel wants Champions League triumph for banned team-mates
12:22 GMT, 25 April 2012
John Obi Mikel is determined to help Chelsea to Champions League glory for his suspended team-mates.
Chelsea stunned holders Barcelona in Spain on Tuesday night as they battled back from 2-0 down to force a draw and a 3-2 win on aggregate, despite having captain John Terry sent off before half time.
The Blues will also be without Ramires, Raul
Meireles and Branislav Ivanovic for the final in Munich on May 19 after they collected their third booking of the competition.
Glory: Chelsea celebrate their famous win but will be without four key players for the final
Terry was needlessly sent off after kneeing Alexis Sanchez in an off-the-ball incident which looked to have cost Chelsea the tie.
The defender admitted he was wrong and apologised to his team-mates after initially claiming he was hard done to.
Mikel believes the quartet have been robbed of their Champions League dream and called on UEFA to rescind the yellow cards.
Asked if he felt his team-mates have been robbed of their
dream, Mikel told the Evening Standard: 'Yes, the yellow cards should be cancelled going into a
final and Uefa should look into that.'
Mikel hopes UEFA follow FIFA's precedent after the governing body introduced an amnesty two years ago to allow players booked in a World Cup semi-final to play in the final.
But while UEFA admitted on Wednesday that they could consider such a rule in the future, it will not happen before next month's final.
Banned: John Terry (above) is one of four Chelsea players to miss the final along with Raul Meireles (below)
GOURLAY HAILS CHELSEA HEROES
Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay has hailed the club's phenomenal Champions League semi-final victory over Barcelona.
Gourlay told the club's official website: 'It is a phenomenal performance because not many people gave us a chance.
'Going 2-0 down, it made it seem as if things were not going our way but the guys dug in fantastically well and I am very proud of the performances.
'To find ourselves in the final has given the club a fabulous lift, and the fans as well.
'Financially, as well, it is a big boost for the club. It helps us continue our investment in the team as we go forward but we still have the challenge of making sure we are in this competition next year, and that is very important.'
Mikel added: 'When you get to the final everyone wants to
see the best players and it’s a shame that JT, Ivanovic, Meireles and Ramires
won’t play. The JT one was soft from what I saw and it was a yellow card. I
think Sanchez made the most of it.
'Alexis did the same to me as well. He got me yellow carded.
There was a little touch and he rolled on the ground 10 times. He definitely
made the most of it. The four players were devastated in the dressing room.
They’re happy for the team but are very disappointed to not be in the final. We
will go out to win the trophy for them.'
Meanwhile, Ivanovic admitted all four players are furious that they must miss one of the biggest games of their careers.
Asked if they are
angry, he said: 'Of course. We can’t talk about the referee’s decisions but, to
be honest, it feels like someone has taken something from your career.
Blow: Branislav Ivanovic (centre) will also miss the Champions League final after picking up a booking
'My booking I got it for kicking the penalty spot before
the penalty (which Lionel Messi missed). It was strange. But I have to be
'Nobody believed we’d get through and we did. Yes, Chelsea
can win it without us if we go into the game with the mentality we showed
Chelsea face a defensive crisis in Munich with Gary Cahill facing a race against time to be fit after injuring his hamstring.
He will have a scan on Wednesday but said: 'I’m hoping it’s not as
bad as first thought. It’s high up, which they tell me is probably better than
it being right in the middle. I just pray the scan’s all right.'