Drogba Happy With Return To 11

Chelsea’s opening Premier League match of the season kicked off in a surprising fashion as they conceded an early goal when battling against the recently promoted team Burnley but it only took the team of Jose Mourinho a few more minutes before they could click into gear and blast 3 goals into the net of Burnley’s goalkeeper Tom Heaton.

From there on out Chelsea started dominating the match as they seemed to be more comfortable in the pitch and during the last few minutes of the game, Didier Drogba made his return to the Premier League as he entered the pitch at the at the 84th minute.

Even though the Ivorian forward failed on scoring or making any kind of significant impact in a match that was already secured by Chelsea, when Drogba entered the pitch he was received with ovation and applauses from fans in the stadium.

Ever since Didier Drogba left Stamford Bridge, the Brazilian midfielder Oscar was given the No. 11 jersey but now that Drogba has made his return to Chelsea the jersey was returned to the veteran forward meanwhile Oscar was given the No. 8 jersey which was previously worn by Frank Lampard.

Oscar told Chelsea’s official website: ‘’Didier is a Chelsea legend and a senior player. I am happy for him to take the 11 and for me to take the 8. Lamps is another legend at this club and I hope I will be as successful in the shirt as he was’’

Drogba later used the social media to express his gratitude towards Oscar for giving him the jersey he wore for the Premier League club some years ago.

Drogba said:  ‘’I am very pleased to be able to return to the number 11 shirt and I am very grateful to Oscar for allowing me to make this change’’

Wenger Should Be Aware Of The Needed Investment For Arsenal

Former Crystal Palace and Charlton player John Salako has stated that Arsene Wenger should not overlook the fact that the club is in need of serious investment in the summer despite managing to win the FA Cup trophy last season. Arsenal were top of the table going into 2014, but the lack of strength in depth meant that they finished the season in the fourth place. They will have to go through a qualification round in order to get into the Champions League group stages. However, the club managed to wipe away this disappointment after winning the FA Cup by beating Hull city in the final.

This was a joyous occasion for Arsenal fans and players, as they finally celebrated lifting a trophy for the first time in nine years. Despite the celebrations, Salako says that it is quite clear Arsenal are in need of strengthening in several areas of the pitch. He says that attack is also a major area where the club needs to reinforce with another striker. Olivier Giroud handling with the responsibility for most of the season and this led to his form going downhill in the second half of the campaign. Arsenal are also expected to lose a couple of defenders in the close season.

“He hasn’t replaced the spine of the team – Jens Lehmann, Sol Campbell, Patrick Vieira, Dennis Bergkamp, Ian Wright. I’m watching and this isn’t Arsenal. I loved it when they had Marc Overmars, Robert Pires and Freddie Ljungberg with Sylvain Wiltord coming off the bench. But the quality of player isn’t there now. It showed when they bowed out to Bayern Munich in the Champions League they really weren’t good enough. They didn’t have the calibre of players, as simple as that,” said the Sky Sports pundit after Arsenal lifted the FA Cup.

Mancini Believes Juventus Could Benefit From Drogba

Former Manchester City and Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini has stated that Italian champions Juventus could really benefit from signing former Chelsea star Didier Drogba. The 36-year-old has been heavily linked with a Juventus in the last few weeks. He announced his Galatasaray exit after just under two years at the Turkish club. Even at this age, Drogba is to be a major draw for the top clubs. He has been linked with a return to Chelsea as well. However, it is understood that the player is favouring a move to Juventus where he may get more first-team opportunities.

Mancini has paid tribute to the former Galatasaray start by saying that he may have worked with him for only one season, but it was such a great experience for him. Despite being a winner of several top trophies in his career, Drogba was a pleasure to work with according to Mancini, who has never made such glowing tributes to his players before. He says that Juventus are clearly targeting a good Champions League run and that Drogba will provide them exactly that with his experience. Antonio Conte has only a limited range of top-class strikers available at his disposal. They include Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente.

“It would be a great signing if Juve were to get Drogba. I have coached Drogba this season and for me it has only been a pleasure to do it.He is a great champion. I can tell you I really have been surprised by Drogba. He is an extraordinary person. He has always conducted himself well for me, from the first to the last minute. He has been a tower of strength for my team this season. He would be a great and important reinforcement for Juve, especially when you consider Juve want to give the Champions League a good go,” said the Galatasaray manager.

DROGBA YET TO PLAY-OFF

Despite having achieved a lot of success in his career so far, Didier Drogba is yet to play a World Cup playoff match.

The veteran striker has featured for his team Ivory Coast in a couple of World Cups so far, but, both times, his team couldn’t go past the group round.

The upcoming World Cup, in all likelihood, is going to be Drogba’s last. He is 36 years of age at the moment and it’s hard to imagine him being around in 4 years’ time. So, this is the last opportunity for him to make a mark at the biggest platform as far as the international football is concerned. (more…)