Sep 18 2012 By Yann Tear
Chelsea v Juventus (Champions League, Wednesday 7.45pm)
JOHN Obi Mikel insists Chelsea have the desire to confound history and become the first team since AC Milan in 1990 to retain the Champions League trophy.
The Blues start the defence of their title with the toughest of assignments – against a Juventus side now unbeaten in 42 Serie A games, having gone undefeated through the whole campaign in Italy.
But the midfielder believes the thirst for glory will be as strong as last season.
“I watched a video of the final once, but we don't want to keep looking back to it,” he said. “We want to progress, look forward. We have to move on and look to the future.
“We. want to build on what we did. We don't want to stop, and tomorrow is hopefully going to be the start of us retaining the title.
“It's mostly the same players and the same manager. We're still hungry. We want to win trophies and hopefully this season we can add more trophies to what we achieved last season.
Mikel added: “I think being the champions does add pressure to us, but at the same time, we are more relaxed, because this club has done it.
“I think we have a lot of senior players and this is what we live with. We live with pressure every game.
“Obviously it's not going to be easy, because Juve haven't lost since last season, but I think if we go out there and play the way we play, we have a very good chance of winning the game.
“I think in everything you do, you need luck. We were kind of lucky, but it wasn't just luck that saw us through last season. I think we worked very hard for it.
“This season's a different story altogether. We've brought in new players who are going to help us in this campaign, so hopefully we can play good football, win games, and go very far in this tournament – hopefully to the final again.”
Chelsea have no fresh injury worries ahead of the game, which will be refereed by Pedro Proenca of Portugal - who took charge of last season's Champions League final against Bayern Munich and the Euro 2012 final between Spain and Italy.