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Obi Mikel confident Chelsea can regroup for Moscow

Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel insists they can regroup after their Premiership disappointment and defeat Manchester United in next week's Champions League final.

"There is a sense of frustration but determination among everyone," said Mikel. "At the end of the day, we wouldn't have won the title anyway. We wanted to win and we knew that three points was our only chance of beating Manchester United, but it wasn't to be.

"We were saying to each other afterwards that we would put things right in Moscow. We will keep working hard until the final and make sure we win the Champions League. Last year, they won the league and we beat them in the FA Cup final. They have won the league again but we know that we're good enough to beat them. They're a very good side, we all know that, but we have to focus on the day. I think we're going to win it."

Mikel is also praying captain John Terry recovers from the dislocated elbow he suffered against Bolton in time to play.

Terry underwent another scan on his damaged arm today and, with a period of rest, he is hoping to be fit enough to start.

"John is a very important player for the team," added Mikel.

"We all pray and hope he will be fit for the final. When you look at Chelsea, we are all big players, but when people want us to stand up for ourselves, we always do that.

"I'm a young player, I respect the big players for what they've done. When we've needed them to do something, they have done. It has been a very good season, but it can only end on a high if we win the Champions League, and we believe we can."

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