Michael Essien admits Chelsea "don't play good football".

The Ghana midfielder said: "All I think about is my team - and to win. We don't play good football, we have to win. Like the Liverpool game, what mattered was the win. In the end we put down a good performance and won it as well."

The Ghanaian-born player, who has scored several spectacular goals added: "Before I used to kill people in the stands. Now I'm killing goalkeepers. The passing is better. I'm comfortable now and I read the game much better than I did before."

Midfielder Claude Makelele has also influenced him in improving his role. "He's always talking to me and teaching me how to do it. He's our grandfather. Our great grandfather! A really funny guy and always smiling to everybody."