John Obi Mikel has admitted resorting to mind games to make Arjen Robben fluff his penalty kick in Chelsea's Champions League triumph over Bayern Munich.
Mikel employed some old-fashioned sledging in Saturday night's final before Petr Cech saved Robben's extra-time spot-kick, one which may have condemned the Blues to more European heartache if it went in.
As it was, Chelsea held on for a 1-1 draw before winning 4-3 in a penalty shootout on what proved the greatest night in their history.
Mikel said of the Robben blunder: "I told him, 'Petr Cech knows where you are going to kick it'.
"I just told Robben that he is going to miss it. You know, we just do that sometimes as players."
The midfielder added: "I think when the penalty was missed, we kind of believed that this trophy was going to be ours."
Chelsea's win ended billionaire owner Roman Abramovich's nine-year quest for what was his Holy Grail.
Mikel said: "The owner has made it clear to us that this trophy is the trophy h...