” I’m the luckiest man in the Champions League. I’ll play both games at home”
These were Chelsea legend Didier Drogba’s first public words upon discovering Galatasarary had drawn Chelsea in the Champion’s League.
The Ivorian Champions League winner secured a move to the Turkish giants after a troubling spell at Shanghai Shenhua last season, but the three-time Premier League champion still has Chelsea in his heart.
Over the eight years Didier spent playing for Chelsea, he was not always the fans’ favourite amid speculation and criticism of his diving in and around the penalty area for example. Drogba did however, end up becoming one of the football club’s greats, scoring ‘that penalty’ on that night in Munich.
Going on to score 100 league goals for Chelsea, he became a fans’ favourite fairly easily. Scoring 12 goals in 13 games against London rivals Arsenal & scoring in every final he played in other than the 2008 Champions League Final consolidates Didier Drogba as a true hero at Stamford Bridge. The passion he showed throughout his career in England will never be forgotten by English football fanatics, above all Chelsea fans.
Didier however, has embarked upon a new love affair with Gala in Istanbul, and Chelsea fans will be forced against him in 180 minutes of knockout football, but make no mistake. Didier Drogba is still very much so a blue, and he will be relishing to return to Stamford Bridge to take on former team mates, coaches and friends. The King of Stamford Bridge is due to return.
The gap that Didier Drogba has left up front at Chelsea is simply irreplaceable, and he will always be noted as one of the club and the league’s most prolific centre forwards.
It is for all these reasons, and there are many more that could be mentioned, that Didier Drogba is and always will be blue, no matter the outcome of this particular European Cup tie. We eagerly await Didi’s return.