Mikel urges Chelsea into Champions League spot - 'I don't know the Europa League song!'
The Blues took out the Champions League title last term but failed miserably in their group stage in 2012/13 and now find themselves in the quarter-finals of Europe's second tier club competition.
Mikel says that the Europa League simply does not hold the same reverence as the top league and wants to be back competing on Tuesday and Wednesday nights and leave Thursday for a rest day.
"Yes, of course. No disrespect to the Europa League but when you saw the game on Thursday, it was not [the same]," he told the Evening Standard.
"You get that buzz when you hear the song of the Champions League, it's different. I don't know [what the Europa League song is].
"We want to be involved in the Champions League again next season. We've been used to it, those kind of special nights, and we want to get it back.
"I think for us and the fans, Champions League football [is the No.1 target]. It's what this club have always been involved in and as players it's what we want to achieve.
"It's been frustrating to watch [the Champions League games] and see them [teams like Barcelona] play, while we have to play on Thursday nights.
"I have been here several years and never played football on Thursday nights. So, hopefully, next season we are not going to be in it.
"We want to be in the top four, top three, whatever, we want to be in the Champions League next season."