Mikel: Away goal is vital

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Jon Obi Mikel believes Chelsea’s away goal in Benfica could prove invaluable ahead of tonight’s Champions League quarter-final second leg at Stamford Bridge.

Salomon Kalou’s second-half strike gave Roberto Di Matteo’s side a 1-0 victory in Portugal last week as the Blues look to set up a mouthwatering semi-final meeting with holders Barcelona.

Mikel knows there is still work to be done if Chelsea are to progress but the midfielder is confident they have enough to finish the job in front of their own fans.

“The away goal last week could be important for us,” he told

“It was very important we got that result out in Portugal because now we are in the driving seat but the job is not yet done.

“For me it's only 40 per cent done, they will come here and give us a game, they won't sit back, so we have to keep playing and try to stop them doing the same.

“Hopefully that will be enough to give us the win we want to go through to the semi-finals.”

Mikel was preferred to Michael Essien by manager Di Matteo for the first leg and is expected to start again tonight.

The 24-year-old has highlighted Benfica’s main threat as Argentinean playmaker Pablo Aimar and says Chelsea will have to be wary to the danger he causes.

“Aimar is someone who likes to play behind the forwards, he plays in that hole and is a clever player so we need to pay him special attention, whether it is me or somebody else who sits a bit more," Mikel added.

“We have been playing with two deeper recently so whoever of those two is staying deep will have to make sure he keeps Aimar quiet.”

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