Posts tagged: Didier Drogba

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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Didier Drogba pays tribute to retiring Petr Cech

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has paid tribute to goalkeeper Petr Cech after the veteran announced that he would be retiring at the end of the season. The 36-year-old will be concluding his professional career with Arsenal but it was with the Blues where he made a strong impression by guiding them to numerous trophies including the prestigious Champions League crown in 2012.

Speaking at an event arranged by the Football Writer’s Association, Drogba praised the efforts of Cech during his time in west London and highlighted that the Blues may not have won the Champions League, had it not been for the veteran’s saves against Bayern Munich in the penalty shootout.
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Drogba impressed by Liverpool

Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba said that he has been impressed by Liverpool this season. He said that many pundits have given Manchester City as the favorite to win the Premier League but Liverpool have refused so far to accept that.

He said that they have been on a good run themselves and that they have remained undefeated since the start of the season. He said that the team is currently on a good form and that it will be difficult for another team to beat them, especially with their confidence now so high.
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Didier Drogba believes Gerard Pique is the toughest defender he had ever faced

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has suggested that Barcelona’s Gerard Pique is probably the toughest defender he has faced during his playing career. The Ivorian recently hung up his boots after 20 years in the beautiful game where he won numerous accolades including the prestigious Champions League trophy with Chelsea in 2012.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Drogba was asked about the toughest ever defender faced during his career where he pointed out Pique’s name, he said:”I think[toughest opponent was] Pique because our battles were really, really tough. But at the same time, like with all of them, you know like big guys, top players, top men, class. It’s very difficult for me to say one that I played against because most of the time I was playing against two defenders, so one of the best pair I played against was Vidic and Ferdinand. And the other one was [Carles] Puyol and Pique.”
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