Mikel has no qualms sitting back and allowing others in midfield to take up goal scoring positions.
"It is tempting but the team is more important and I have to always make sure I keep the shape of the team, the balance when everyone is going forward," Mikel told chelseafc.com. "That is my job and I am happy doing it."
After last season's trend of conceding before we scored, there is a new agenda for Carlo Ancelotti's team this campaign.
"As much as we are scoring goals and playing well, another thing the manager wants us to do is keep a clean sheet," Mikel explains. "If we keep a clean sheet there is always the possibility to score goals.
"The way we play we create chances, against Stoke we didn't create enough but we managed to win the game."