Manchester United Can Repeat Chelsea’s 2012 Season, Says Didier Drogba

Manchester United will be able to eliminate the exploits of Chelsea in 2012, according to Didier Drogba. The former Ivory Coast international was able to produce a magical campaign with the Blues back in 2012 when Roberto di Matteo was able to get the club to a Champions League victory against all the odds. The Italian came in as the replacement for Andre Villas-Boas midway through the campaign and Chelsea were struggling big-time in order to even finish in the top four places. The Blues did not even finish in the top five in that campaign, but they were able to claim a victory in the Champions League.

Drogba has seen several similarities to the campaign enjoyed by Chelsea to the one Manchester United have been experiencing over the last few months. After a lot of struggles under Jose Mourinho, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been able to come in and of a wave the fortunes of United in a spectacular way. United are preparing to take on Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-finals knowing that the Spanish outfit are overwhelming favourites. The English club were able to come up with a remarkable comeback in the previous round in order to overcome PSG despite a 2-0 first leg defeat. The comeback is very similar to the kind of recovery Chelsea showed in their way to the finals back in 2012.

Did you know I was going to do that in 2012? I didn’t. Not even me, I didn’t know [I could]. Maybe someone or a team will come up, a club like Manchester United.From what I saw [against PSG], I have to count on them. They have spirit and quality. They have this thing of having a manager who has won it and knows how to win; this is important. It is always something different when a manager has played at the club.He knows the spirit and he knows everything about the club,” said Drogba.