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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has praised Didier Drogba ahead of the second leg Champions League tie with Galatasaray. Drogba will be coming up against his former club where he holds special memories. During his eight-year spell with the club, Drogba won numerous trophies and was often the leading striker. He helped the club win the Champions League with his last cut for the club. Due to several such reasons, he is considered as a legend at Chelsea. Mourinho has opened the possibility of Drogba returning to the club in the future.
He says that the Ivory Coast international still remains as one of the best in the world, although he considered that Drogba may never reach the peak he had attained at 26 years of age. In almost 350 appearances for the West London outfit, Drogba scored more than 150 goals. He is still the top scorer for the club in the Champions League. Even though he did not scored the first leg, the 35-year-old was influential in helping the Turkish outfit get an equaliser. They come into the second leg at Stamford Bridge looking to progress to the quarter-finals for the first time in their history.
Drogba has said that he is unlikely to celebrate against his former club even if he gets a crucial goal.
“Is he the same player at 36 years old as he was at 26? Nobody is, but he is certainly still one of the best strikers in the world. He is undoubtedly one of the most important players in the history of the club. All Chelsea supporters, we agree with that. I think it has to happen one day. When, I don’t know. As a player, as a coach, as an ambassador, next year, in four, five years, in 10 years, I don’t know,” said Mourinho.
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The star of Galatasaray, Didier Drogba has to face off against his former club Chelsea at the end of February with a Champions League match scheduled to take place and even though Drogba is excited to have the chance to play against Chelsea and Jose Morinho, he warned his teammates to play at their very best.
The Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho also told his players about the qualities that Drogba has at his disposal.
‘’I think it will be a special moment for Didier and for the Chelsea fans when he comes back on to the pitch at Stamford Bridge’’.
‘’He deserves the best reception, he is a hero here for what he achieved and he is a great guy as well as a great footballer. So there will be a lot of love when that happens, but we also have a game to play, we know that Didier will be giving his best because we know the professional he is, but we will also be giving everything to progress’’.
‘’For sure, it is going to be something amazing to experience’’. The head coach of Chelsea, Mourinho stated.
The 35 years old Ivorian forward of Galatasaray is recently being heavily linked with a move to Sounders FC as reports are claiming that discussions are being made involving the future of Drogba and Sounder FC is a very likely destination for the former Chelsea player but he responded to those rumors via Instagram and he mentioned that everything he is thinking right now is on achieving history with Galatasaray.
‘’So many things have been said these last few days and I normally don’t react other such rumors so it’s gonna be the first and last time I do it… I’m here focusing on achieving history for my team and nothing will take my eyes out of my goals!!! To all my red and yellow fans let’s keep on winning until the end of the season’’. Drogba wrote on Instagram.
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Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba will come up against his former club when Galatasaray take on Chelsea in the knockout stages of the Champions League. This will be the first time he comes up against Chelsea after leaving the club in 2012. He helped the West London outfit with the Champions League for the first time in their history with his last kick. His potential return to Stamford Bridge has generated a lot of excitement since he is still regarded as a fan favourite.
The Ivorian international also remains the top scorer for the club in the Premier league, as he plundered more than 150 goals during his eight years at the club. He has spoken with fondness about the time he spent Chelsea, but has said that he has a job to do when Galatasaray play against his former club. Hence, he will be giving his 100% and will be looking to score at Stamford Bridge. After having scored most of his 150 goals at home, Drogba says that he can score at Stamford Bridge even with his eyes closed.
The striker was signed from Marseille for £ 24 million by Jose Mourinho, who has hinted at a potential reunion in the future. Drogba is expected to return as a coach in the future.
“Stamford Bridge is my house. I could score there even with my eyes closed. I left the club on a high and I think the supporters really loved what I did. I really enjoyed the time that I spent there and loved them and I still do. But now I am Galatasaray player and can give everything for this team,” said Drogba ahead of the meeting with Chelsea in February.
The striker has been playing at Galatasaray for just over a year after sealing his return to European football from Shanghai Shenhua.