Ex-United defender: Chelsea are a more exciting team without Jon Obi Mikel

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Former Manchester United defender Paul Parker believes Chelsea are no longer a team who are happy to just win 1-0 and bring on John Obi Mikel.

Former England right-back Paul Parker believes the lack of John Obi Mikel this season is evidence that Chelsea are a much more exciting side. 

After the Blues 5-0 win over Schalke on Tuesday, the former United defender moved quick to laud the West London-based side in his Eurosport column, mainly noting the side's attacking flair. 

''It was an impressive performance against Schalke because although everyone expected them to win, they dominated,'' wrote Parker.

''Mourinho has a highly expensive side and I think it is the most exciting one he had had because they aren't a typical Mourinho team. They don't bore you.

''The players are expressing themselves much more than they did last season. Look at someone like Willian, when he first arrived he was a scared little boy but now he is going into himself in a new shirt.''

Although the praise from the ex-United defender will be easy on eyes for Chelsea fans, 'boring' Mourinho criticism aside, he did add a snide comment towards Nigerian international Jon Obi Mikel.

''Chelsea are no longer a team who are happy to go 1-0 up and bring on John Obi Mikel,'' the 50-year-old added. ''We aren't seeing much of him and that tells you they are a more exciting team. 'They almost look like the complete team at the moment.'' 

The 27-year-old defensive midfielder has played just over 100 minutes in the Premier League this season, with all six appearances coming from the bench. 

In his last game, coming in the 1-1 draw with Manchester United, he was brought on in the 67th minute to do that exact job. 

After Didier Drogba put the Blues up with 37 minutes of the match to go, the Nigerian soon came on in place of Brazilian international Oscar in order to help keep hold of their slender 1-0 advantage. However, he could do nothing but watch as Robin van Persie smashed the ball into the back of the net from close range to snatch a late-point for Louis van Gaal's side.

Since then, Mikel has gone on to play only in the League Cup and has continued to be linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, with Inter Milan reportedly interested.

After nearly nine years of service with Chelsea, it's unfair to state Mikel may have been detrimental to the side, he just offered them a different approach. Although, given recent results coupled with his absence, the question was there to be asked.

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