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EPL: He’s Too Strong, Quick – Mikel Obi Names Most Difficult Player He Ever Faced

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Former Chelsea midfielder, John Obi Mikel, has named Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard as the most difficult player he ever faced in his football career.

Mikel played against Gerrard on multiple occasions during their time at Chelsea and Liverpool, respectively.

The former Super Eagles captain said that Gerrard, who is currently the manager of Aston Villa, is too strong and quick.

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Asked to name the most difficult player he ever faced in his career, Mikel Obi told Nigerian station Naija FM 102.7 in Lagos: “The most difficult player I faced during my Chelsea career is Steven Gerrard.

“He is too quick and strong. I have never seen a white player who is so strong, quick, and fast.

“He is good on the ball,” the former Nigerian international added.

Mikel recorded 372 appearances in all competitions during a ten-and-a-half-year stint at Chelsea.

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The 35-year-old had played for Chelsea, Middlesbrough and Stoke City, Trabzonspor, Tianjin Jinmen Tiger and Kuwait Sporting Club in the past.

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World Cup: De Bruyne, Hazard Clash In Dressing Room After Shock Morocco Defeat

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A number of Belgium players were involved in a dressing bust-up after their shock 2-0 defeat to Morocco at the 2022 World Cup.

According to RTL Sport, Kevin de Bruyne, Jan Vertonghen, and captain Eden Hazard clashed after the match.

Tensions were already high after De Bruyne told reporters before the game that the team was “probably too old” to win the trophy.

Those tensions now appear to have reached boiling point, as the three players let their tempers erupt following the loss.

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It is understood that De Bruyne, Hazard and Vertonghen had to be separated by Chelsea striker, Romelu Lukaku.

The emotionally-charged changing room could prove disastrous ahead of their final group stage fixture against Croatia.

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World Cup: Benzema To Return To France Squad

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Karim Benzema could make a surprising return to the France squad at the 2022 World Cup.

The 34-year-old had initially been ruled out through injury.

Benzema was expected to miss the entire tournament with a thigh problem.

France head coach, Didier Deschamps, opted not to call up a replacement and has continued with Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud, Ousmane Dembele, Antoine Griezmann, Kingsley Coman and Marcus Thuram.

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However, RMC Sport claims that Benzema could still return to the France setup as he returns to full training this week at Real Madrid.

Benzema could be fit enough to take part in the knockout stages of the World Cup.

FIFA rules permit players to return to their squads if they recover from injury if they had initially been named in the tournament squad before being ruled out.

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