JOHN Obi Mikel believes Chelsea can use their Old Trafford turn-around as a launch-pad to rescue their season.
All looked lost for Blues at 2-0 down after 11 minutes against Manchester United, but a pulsating second half saw sub Mikel help steer the side to a replay – and even come close to winning it in 90 minutes.
Asked if Sunday's match could be the impetus for success this season, the Nigerian midfielder said: “I hope so. I think the character with which we played the second half – I hope that we can keep this character going, this momentum going.
“But sometimes it's quite difficult when the season is going like this. But let's hope this game is going to put us back in a good track, and we can keep going from there and end the season well.”
Chelsea have had a torrid time of late, and much of the enjoyment seems to have gone from games for both players and fans. That all seemed to change in the second half at Old Trafford, and Mikel says enjoying themselves may be the key for the Blues.
He added: “I think if you look at last year, this is the way we play. We've always been an attacking team, the guys like to move forward.
“We have players who like to go forward, who like to have the ball and run forward, and create chances. And that is exactly what we did in the second half.”
Mikel also called on Chelsea's fans to back the side, as they did in the second half of the match on Sunday.
“They've always been behind the team,” he said of the supporters. “And this is when we need them most.
"Let's hope we can all go through the rest of this season together.”