With the team looking for three points this weekend to guarantee a lead at the top of the table going into the international break, John Mikel Obi is buoyed by their ability to clear the biggest hurdles in their way so far.

The Nigerian midfielder has played every league game this season and should that be maintained at the Bridge on Saturday, with him having played only the final seven minutes of the midweek visit to Denmark, he will make his 250th appearance for Chelsea.

He is well-placed to judge the start of the campaign.

'I've been pretty happy with the way we've started the season,' Mikel told Chelsea TV.

'We are where we want to be. We're top of the table and unbeaten still. We want to keep that going and we are top of our group in the Champions League as well. So pretty much the season has been going well and we want to continue like that.'

In common with most people, the game at home to Newcastle (which we lost last season) and last weekend's visit to Arsenal stood out to Mikel as the truest examination of our credentials to date.

'When we played against Newcastle, I said it was going to be a big test for us and we managed to beat them 2-0 and it was a great win for us,' he said.

'At Arsenal we went out there, we took the initiative, we took the game to them and waited to see what the response is going to be.

'We knew Arsenal were going to have a bit more possession but we played very well, we controlled the game and actually did exactly what we wanted to do. We are very pleased with the three points.'

There will be more from Mikel in Chelsea TV's Friday Night Live this evening.