Didier Drogba

Didier Drogba

If Chelsea’s Champions League final win last night could be told through one man it would be Didier Drogba. Eight years as a Chelsea player and eight years as their talisman was encapsulated in one breathtaking performance.

Of course, if possession statistics could win you games then Bayern Munich would have won the match, no questions asked. In football though, a strong will can get you far and Drogba was the embodiment of Chelsea’s stubborn belief; they were going to win.

Drogba has long been worshipped in Africa, and especially in Ivory Coast, his native country.  However, in West London, I would not be surprised if a statue was being mounted outside Stamford Bridge at this very moment. It is beyond doubt that he is now an immortal legend in the club’s history.

Didier Drogba with the Champions League Trophy.
Source: asia.eurosport.com

Certainly, there are others who contributed, as the team spririt of the underdogs was remarkable. Mourinho must have felt some satifaction as his former players Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard, and Petr Cech all showed their permanent class.

There is little more that they can win now to bring more success to Chelsea. They have won three Premier League titles and four FA Cup trophies since Mourinho brought them together and now the Champions League has been won by a London club for the first time. A suitable return for Abramovich’s billion pound investment?

Didier Drogba points to the heavens after scoring Chelsea’s equaliser.
Source: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.

Regardless, count these titles with Drogba’s contribution to them and the phrase big-time player will never be more apt. After Drogba’s equalising header he pointed to the heavens but he created his own destiny.

It may be his last game for the club and if it is, his last touch for Chelsea will be a Champions League winning penalty, a moment that will be remembered long after his career ends. Last night, the 34-year-old reminded Andres Villas Boas, and others that doubted the Chelsea ‘old guard’, that age is no obstacle when you have the desire to win.


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  1. InsanityChecker

    May 22, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    I completely agree with you, but I think you’re a little unfair on AVB. He seems to have been tasked with rebuilding an ageing side whereas RDM could be one of the guys and cajole them into ‘one last game’, which, ironically, I suspect it will have been for more than just Drogba. The interesting part will be who they get to replace him. Eden Hazard anyone???

  2. petersburgh

    May 23, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Lovely written article and I do believe Drogba is a player some of the new guys (Sturridge) and not so new (Torres) should look up to and learn from. I think he has probably one more year in him though

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