John Obi Mikel has urged Chelsea not to let their crushing 2-0 defeat to Newcastle wreck their chances of securing FA Cup and Champions League glory.

Midfielder Mikel admitted the Blues would almost certainly have to win the Champions League final on May 19 if they are to qualify for next season's competition. The result left Roberto Di Matteo's men four points adrift of the top four with just two games remaining and put a serious dent in the caretaker manager's hopes of being appointed full-time.

Acknowledging beating Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena was Chelsea's only realistic hope of avoiding failure to reach the Champions League for the first time since Roman Abramovich bought the club, Mikel said: "Now we have to concentrate. Everyone is going to say that the only chance we have now is to win the Champions League final."

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