Posts tagged: Didier Drogba

DROGBA PRAISES GIROUD FOR ATLETICO STRIKE

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba was delighted with the performance of Blues attacker Olivier Giroud in the Champions League last 16 first leg clash away to Atletico Madrid. Olivier Giroud made a telling contribution for Chelsea and that led to the only goal of the game just past the midway point of the second half. Olivier Giroud scored a wonder strike for the only goal of the game to hand Chelsea the advantage in their last 16 tie with Atletico Madrid, who are the Spanish La Liga leaders. Giroud scored with a beautiful overhead kick to give Chelsea a 1-0 win away from home over Atletico Madrid. The two teams meet again for the second leg next month and Chelsea are in a very good position as they already have an advantage over their Spanish opponents.


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OSCAR REMINISCES ABOUT DROGBA AT CHELSEA

Brazilian attacker Oscar had nice things to say about Ex-Chelsea teammate Didier Drogba during his recent interview with one of theleading newspapers in England. Oscar and Didier Drogba shared the Chelsea dressing room for justone season and it was enough for Didier Drogba to leave a lasting impression on Oscar as he pointed out during his exclusive interview with The Guardian. Oscar, 29, plays his club football for Shanghai SIPG in the Chinese Super League and has revealed that he wants to return to Chelsea before his career ends just like what Didier Drogba did in 2014.

Didier Drogba had left Chelsea in the summer of 2012 after he emerged the hero of the Blues’ one and only Champions League triumph till date. Didier Drogba scored a bullet header in the final few minutes to take the 2012 Champions League final against host team Bayern Munich into extra time via a 1-1 scoreline at the end of 90 minutes. Read more »

DROGBA IDENTIFIED AS CHILDHOOD HERO

Celtic midfielder IsmailaSoro has revealed that Chelsea legend Didier Drogbawas his childhood hero while he was growing up. The Celtic player said that Didier Drogba was his hero as a child while he was fielding questions from Twitter. The Ivorian player said that he adored his compatriot Didier Drogba because the former Chelsea striker was very strong and also scored a lot of goals during his playing career.


Soro recently showed similar attributes with Didier Drogba when he scored against Dundee United in a recent league match. He scored the opener as Celtic thrashed Dundee United 3-0 at home to stay in touch with league leaders and rivals Rangers at the Scottish Premiership summit. His goal came midway into the first half before David Turnbull doubled the lead for the Scottish champions five minutes from the interval. Young French attacker Odsonne Edouard wrapped up the result with a third goal on 76 minutes.
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Drogba says both Neymar and Kylian Mbappe can win the Ballon d’Or

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba believes both Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are capable of winning the Ballon d’Or crown in the future. Neymar was heavily touted to leave Paris Saint-Germain to rejoin Barcelona this summer and that was not meant to be after the Blaugrana failed to meet the transfer demands of the French champions.

As a result, Neymar appears set to play alongside Mbappe for the third season running and Drogba believes the pair could be winning the Ballon d’Or accolade at some stage, he told: “Neymar and Mbappe will one day win the Ballon d’Or. They are part of this small group of exceptional players. There are very few in the world. Because it is incredibly complementary.

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Didier Drogba says no one can replace Eden Hazard at Chelsea

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has said that no player can replace Eden Hazard at Stamford Bridge. The Belgium international made the switch to Real Madrid from the Blues after seven seasons and that has left a potential void on the left side of the attack, though new signing Christian Pulisic has been backed to take up the role.

Speaking during an Instagram live on his account, Drogba said that Hazard remains a special player and the Blues may not be able to instantly replace him in their ranks, he said: “No one can replace Hazard, he is special. But someone else will come, [and] step up. “Eden Hazard is a legend at Chelsea. That’s life, that’s football.”

The west London giants were expecting the departure of Hazard from the midway stage of the previous campaign and that made them secure a transfer agreement for Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund. That move has become more crucial with the club now serving a 12-month ban and it remains to be seen whether the United States international can hit the ground running next term.

Pulisic had a rather indifferent season with Dortmund where he struggled with multiple calf concerns and that partly reduced his gametime with the club. Nonetheless, he has shown plenty of promise through the Gold Cup with the national team and the Blues will be hoping that the attacker makes a bright start to his debut Premier League season.

Chelsea are currently without a manager after the departure of Maurizio Sarri but they have been tipped to pursue Frank Lampard as the new boss. The former Blues star is currently contracted to Derby County in the Championship but the Blues remain confident of landing his signature with negotiations at an advanced stage with the Rams. Lampard guided the Rams to the Championship play-off final during his debut managerial season last term.

DIDDIER DROGBA AND OTHERS BACKS THE RELEASE OF IMPRISONED FOOTBALLER

Chelsea legend Diddier Drogba alongside LeicesterforwardJamie Vardy and Gary Linekarhave lifted the spirit of  imprisoned Bahraini footballer, Hakeem al-araibi through the use of social media.

The  physical well being of al-Araibi, who is presently on detention in Thailand and who has also been supported by Jamie Vardy’s wife Rebekah, and Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini, is on a downward trend as he faces another two months of imprisonment and the prospect of a return to Bahrain, where he may be tortured.
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