Former Chelsea player Mikel Obi has shed light on the influential figures in the Chelsea dressing room during his time at the club. According to Mikel, players like John Terry, Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard, Peter Cech, and Ashley Cole were the key decision-makers. Among them, John Terry held the most significant sway, both on and off the pitch.
Mikel described Terry as the leader who brought the team together, resolving conflicts within the squad. He emphasized the presence of strong personalities like Drogba, Lampard, Cech, and Cole, each with their opinions. However, when it came to making decisions, Terry was the driving force.
Mikel recalled an instance when Terry played a crucial role in the departure of manager Rafael Benitez. The players, including Terry, felt discontented with Benitez’s decisions, leading to a collective effort to bring in a manager who aligned with their vision for the team.
Regarding Benitez’s tenure, Mikel clarified that the players’ discontent was not a conspiracy but rather a response to the manager’s approach. He highlighted the fans’ and players’ lack of acceptance for Benitez, citing an uneasy atmosphere at the club.
Ultimately, Terry’s leadership and the unity among the players played a pivotal role in shaping Chelsea’s dressing room dynamics during that era.