DROGBA REFLECTS ON ABOUTRIKA QUALITY

Didier Drogba is in awe of the quality displayed by Egyptian football legend Mohamed Aboutrika during his playing career. The Chelsea legend was asked about the non-European player that would shine in the Champions League and his answer was Aboutrika. Didier Drogba believes that the Egyptian football icon would have shined in the UEFA Champions League just like he did especially during the 2011/12 season. Didier Drogba was the main man as Chelsea won the Champions League trophy for the first time in their history. The Blues won the trophy against all odds and Didier Drogba played a big part in that success.

The Ivorian scored the equaliser for Chelsea in the 2012 Champions League final after Thomas Mueller gave Bayern Munich the lead in the final ten minutes of the game. Drogba went on to score the winning penalty to hand Chelsea the trophy. Chelsea fans won’t forget in a hurry how their team was able to beat Spanish giants Barcelona in the semi-finals before seeing off Bayern Munich in the final.
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DIDIER DROGBA: CHELSEA CAREER EXPOSED

One could hardly argue with the fact that Ivorian player Didier Drogba attained legendary status at Chelsea before he left the club at the end of the title-winning season (2014/15). Didier Drogba became a Chelsea player when the West London giants slapped the princely sum of £24m on him. Chelsea signed Drogba from Marseille in the French top flight in the summer of 2004. Didier Drogba had impressed in his one and only season at Marseille. He scored five goals for the French club in the Champions League before adding six more goals in the then UEFA Cup. Portuguese tactician Jose Mourinhowas responsible for his signing after he was left impressed by his quality when his FC Porto team met Drogba and Marseille in the UEFA Champions League. Drogba scored the opening goal of the game as Marseille were beaten 3-2 at home by Jose Mourinho and his FC Porto team in Group F. Marseille scored first but they went on to lose the five-goal thriller. In the second meeting, FC Porto beat Marseille 1-0 at home.

Jose Mourinho convinced Chelsea to sign Didier Drogba for big money havingbeen sure that the Ivorian will show his quality in the colours of Chelsea. The Blues signed Drogba shortly after the appointment of Mourinho as their new manager in place of the sacked Claudio Ranieri.  Italian tactician Ranieri was fired as the Chelsea manager at the end of the 2003/04 season.
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DROGBA IN TRIBUTE TO EVERTON, LIVERPOOL

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba was left impressed by the gesture shown by the Merseyside duo of Everton and Liverpool at the weekend. The two teams met for the 238th instalment of the Merseyside Derby on Saturday evening and they showed togetherness in the fight against food poverty. The pre-match tops won by the two set of players from the clubs would also be sent to international supporters clubs in the bid to raise money and support for the fight against food hunger in their local communities. Didier Drogba was impressed that the two Merseyside clubs put aside their differences to fight for a common cause. Didier Drogba used his official Twitter handle to pay tribute to the two clubs for the great initiative to fight against food poverty. Didier Drogba was quick to remind the two clubs that they have fans all over the world including the poor countries and that the impact of the fight against food poverty would be felt.


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Lampard gives motivation for Werner and Havertz by recalling Drogba’s initial struggles

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has compared striker Timo Werner and midfielder Kai Havertz with the iconic blues forward Didier Drogba in order to help them find their way in the Premier league. After a good start to his Chelsea career, Werner has found himself in the midst of a run of form. He has failed to score in the last 12 matches. So far, the German striker has been able to find the back of the net only on four occasions in the league, while Kai Havertz has been an even bigger disappointment as he has only managed one goal and assist.

Lampard has recalled that it is difficult for top players to play at their very best straight away in a new league. He has recalled how Didier Drogba struggled in his first few. Drogba went on to become a Chelsea legend winning every major role with the club like the Champions League and Premier League. Drogba was signed from Marseille for around £ 24 million back in 2004 and it was an astronomical transfer fee back then. In his first season with Chelsea, Drogba ended up scoring only 10 goals from 26 league appearances. Even in the subsequent campaign, he was unable to create a huge amount of impact but the 2006-07 campaign saw him become prolific with 20 goals. Continue reading “Lampard gives motivation for Werner and Havertz by recalling Drogba’s initial struggles”

SPURS LINKED WITH FREE AGENT COSTA

North London giants Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a move for free agent Diego Costa who recently left Spanish La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid. The Brazilian-born Spanish international had his contract cancelled six months before it was scheduled to expire. The interest of Spurs in Diego Costa was revealed by Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo. Diego Costa is no stranger to Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho who managed him during his time at Chelsea. Diego Costa has a similar style with Blues legend Didier Drogba and it played a big part in his signing in 2014.

Diego Costa left Atletico Madrid to join Chelsea in a £32m deal almost seven years ago when Jose Mourinho was at the club for his second spell. Diego Costa made a similar mark just as Didier Drogba in his prime at Chelsea as he won the Premier Leaguetitle in his debut campaign at Stamford Bridge. Just like Jose Mourinho, Didier Drogbawas also at the club for his second spell and the Ivorian football legend contributed his quota to the league title won that season. (2014/15 season). Continue reading “SPURS LINKED WITH FREE AGENT COSTA”

GERMAN DUO COMPARED TO DROGBA

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has drawn comparison between club legend Didier Drogba and the German duo of Kai Havertz and Timo Werner.

German internationals Timo Werner and Kai Havertz have both been heavily criticised after the disappointing start to their respective Chelsea career after the Blues spent a lot of money on them but their manager has leapt to their defence as he compared their struggles to that of Ivorian football legend Didier Drogba when he joined Chelsea. Frank Lampard told Sky Sports that Didier Drogba took some time before he adapted to his surroundings upon his £24m transfer from French Ligue 1 giants Olympique Marseille in the summer of 2004. Didier Drogba was able to recover from those struggles to build a solid career at Chelsea. The ex-Ivorian national team skipper is undoubtedly a legend at the club whom he helped to win their one and only Champions League trophy during the 2011/12 season. Continue reading “GERMAN DUO COMPARED TO DROGBA”