Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has been a major factor behind the club once again challenging for the league title. The blues are the overwhelming favourites to win the Premier League this season after opening at a 10 point advantage over second placed Tottenham.
N’Golo Kante was one of the major signings for Chelsea in the summer. The blues spent £ 30 million in acquiring the French midfielder from Leicester City. Manager Antonio Conte has then been able to work with the existing crop of players, which included the likes of Victor Moses. All players have contributed immensely towards Chelsea’s ascend back to the top of the table. Continue reading “Kante Reveals Drogba Inspiration”
Chelsea right Cesar Azpilicueta says that he idolised Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard before he moved to the West London outfit in the summer of 2012.
Azpilicueta has become one of the important players at Chelsea, but few expected to achieve this status after costing only £ 7 million – a fraction of the fee paid to some of the top stars at Chelsea. Azpilicueta moved to the club in the summer of 2012 from Marseille. Since then, he has won every major honour apart from the Champions League. However, he has achieved success on the European stage in the form of the Europa League title.
A number of players coming in from French football were used to seeing the figure of Didier Drogba dominate the headlines. Drogba may be an Ivory Coast star, but he made his name at Marseille before coming to Chelsea for £ 24 million. He remains as one of the greatest players – not just in Chelsea’s history, but also the entire Premier league history. Continue reading “Azpilicueta Names Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard as Idols”
N’Golo Kante says that he has always looked up to Didier Drogba as an example to believe that no matter where one starts from, it is still possible to reach the pinnacle.
Like Drogba, Kante is also not someone who is not the product of the academy of a big club. His boyhood days were spent at Boulogne, a club which hardly anyone would have heard about outside France.
But, today he is donning the shirt of one of the biggest clubs in UK and is on his way to become the Premiership Champion for the second time on the trot and that is a tribute to his will power and belief.
Speaking recently, the Frenchman, who is a nightmare to deal with in the middle of the pitch for the opposition, said, “As a teenager coming through the ranks, you hear a lot of stories about the great personalities in your profession and you always tend to follow those whose story is a little bit like you.” Continue reading “N’Golo Kante says he was compared with Didier Drogba”
Gary Cahill reckons that Diego Costa is finally emerging as the replacement for Didier Drogba, who is regarded as one of the best strikers in the history of the club. Drogba took just over 110 games in order to reach a tally of 50 goals for Chelsea. Throughout his eight years with the club, the striker scored well over 150 goals but it took him more than 300 games in order to reach this figure. Costa is fast emerging as an even better goal scorer, as he has taken just 90-odd games in order to reach the 50 goal mark.
The Spaniard scored in the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace during the weekend to take his league tally to 13 goals. He is now the top scorer in the division, and his goals were a major factor in the club winning the league title during the 2014-15 season. Cahill played alongside Drogba for a year or two before the striker left the club in his first spell. He watched the striker scored numerous goals, especially in the finals or semifinals, to help Chelsea win numerous honours. Cahill says that the presence of an influential forward is extremely vital for a team to function at the top level.
Costa has been so good that £33 million summer signing Michy Batshuayi has been unable to make even a single league start. “Didier was a huge figure goal-scoring wise and also with his personality on and off the pitch. You need strikers like that and Diego has fitted in nicely. Since he’s been at the club he’s scored goals but this season he’s on fire. Are the fans starting to love him like they loved Didier? Yes, of course, because he is banging goals in every week. He is winning us matches,” said the Chelsea defender after the win against Crystal Palace.
Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba reckons that Montréal Impact are not far away from winning the club’s first silverware.
After being subjected to transfer rumours in the last few transfer windows, it seems that Drogba looks set to continue with MLS at least for another campaign. He has been one of the major source of goals for Montreal Impact. The 38-year-old has already set his sights upon the MLS Cup. Montreal Impact are one of the new clubs in the MLS after having been drafted in only five years ago. They will be hosting Toronto FC in the Eastern Conference Championship first leg match on Tuesday.
It will be an extremely important game for the club as they hope to progress through the MLS play-offs. After having managed to overcome his differences with the club, Drogba will be a major presence on the pitch for the Montreal Impact team. After having played in numerous derbies over the course of the stellar career, Drogba says that the rivalry will be intense and form goes out of the window. Continue reading “Drogba Admits MLS Cup is the Ultimate Objective for Montreal Impact”
Former African Player of the Year Award winner Didier Drogba has been fined by the Major League Soccer (MLS) after he refused to feature for his club Montreal Impact.
The former Ivory Coast skipper demanded that he be left off the game in its entirety after he was set to be left out of the starting squad for the Toronto FC game last Sunday.
The English Premier League veteran has netted ten goals in 21 gmes for the club this term. He joined last term after a succesful return to Chelsea in the 2014/15 season. He had an issue with the club and wanted to be off the squad if he was not going to play, but the club’s president Joey Saputo insists that the relationship has been patched up. The 38-yar old player just couldnot escape a reprimand from the league . The MLS fined the player – but refused to disclose the amount. Continue reading “Didier Drogba fined by the MLS”
Troubled Manchester City play maker Yaya Toure has announced his exit from the national team setup of Cote d’Ivoire.
The four-time African Player of the Year award winner announced his retirement from international football this week. The 33-year old former Barcelona player featured over one hundred times for Ivory Coast until his exit.
“Writing this note was probably the most difficult match of my life. After 14 years at the highest level, I’m sure this is the right time for me! The fact that I am 33 now, the intensity of training and the multitude of games are not the reasons why I am making this decision,” Yaya wrote.
After an underwhelming season last term, Yaya is on the sidelines since Pep Guardiola took over at the Etihad. There has been trading of words over Toure by the player’s agent and the Spanish tactician. On African level, despite Ivory Coast having a packed team of established superstars like former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, ex-Gunner Gervinho, former Liverpool defender Kolo Toure, former Arsenal player Eboue and others, it was in 2015 that they won their first African Cup of Nations title. Toure acknowledge this to be his precious memory in an Ivorian shirt.
Toure made his debut for his country in 2004. He was made the captain after Didier Drogba retired from international football after the 2014 World Cup. He won part of the 2009 UEFA Champions League-winning squad for Barcelona. He moved to England, and has built an enviable reputation ever since.
“I would like to say solemnly that I am stopping!” Toure wrote, dropping the bombshell. “With the Elephants, it was even more special. I learned to win for my country. That’s why I will always retain the pride in having achieved four African Golden Balls for the Ivory Coast,” Toure added.
Former Chelsea forward Didier Drogba has spoken for the first time about his incredible scoring record against Arsenal.
The former Ivory Coast international is regarded as one of the greatest African strikers to have graced the Premier League. He scored numerous goals against almost every opponent to set up Chelsea on the path towards three league titles and several other domestic honours. However, his record against Arsenal stands out from the crowd. Since Drogba became a Chelsea player, the blues enjoyed an impeccable record against the gunners after having previously suffered in the same fixture
The mighty forward once again continued his impeccable record against the gunners by scoring against them in a pre-season friendly for the MLS All-Stars. Drogba has featured against Arsenal in 16 games and he has now taken his tally to 16 goals. This time around, he had to beat his former teammate at Chelsea – Petr Cech – in order to score the goal. Even though Arsenal ended up winning the match due to a late winner, Drogba was happy to continue his incredible record against the gunners. He had no answer as to why he always manages to score against Arsene Wenger’s team; later, he said that he only had to thank good luck for this record.
“I don’t know, I don’t know, I want to say that I’m lucky but when you score 16 goals against them I don’t think it’s luck no more,” said the Chelsea forward after the latest goal against Arsenal. A few years ago, Wenger revealed that he turned down an opportunity to sign Drogba when he was still trying to make his name in French football. Chelsea snapped him up for £ 24 million from Marseille back in 2004 even when he was a raw and unfinished product. Drogba enjoyed his best years under the likes of Carlo Ancelotti.
A lot of teams are known to give young players the opportunity to shine in the Premier League.
Some convert the chance to a permanent spot in the team, some do not. We look at some of the young defenders – in no particular order – breaking into the Premier League in the 2016/2017 season, yet hoping to contend with some of the best players in the world.
First is Rob Holding playing at Arsenal FC. The 20-year old player has the opportunity due to the injury crisis that hit the defence. The centre half already had his debut when he featured in the pre season friendly game against the MLS All Stars in the United States. Coach Arsene Wenger said he was impressed with how he marked two-time former Chelsea forward Didier Drogba. Wenger said: “He reads the game well and understands what’s going on, anticipates well and that’s a quality at such a young age that you do not find a lot.” Holding was signed from Bolton for £2 million and is set to get Premier League matches as the injuries persist.
Ben Gibson of Middlesbrough is another defender set to take on EPL stars this term. The 23-year old player is a key player in the promotion-winning team from the English Championship. His left footedness for a centre half adds to his uniqueness.
West Ham United Reece Oxford was stunning when he played against Arsenal in the opening game of last season despite being just 16 years. There are a lot of queries if he would have more responsibilities under Slaven Bilic this season.
Everton recalled Matthew Pennington from laon on Walsall early in the last campaign as the defenders picked up injuries. He got a lot of first team plays, and has continued his decent campaign in the pre season. As John stones moves to Manchester City, Pennington is set to get more chances for The Toffees this term.
Former Chelsea talisman Didier Drogba still haunts Arsenal FC despite leaving the Premier League where he dominated for years.
The Ivory Coast international tormented Arsene Wenger and his side when everyone thought it was over. Drogba played against Wenger’s side for twelve years when he was at Chelsea FC – twice, and when he featured for Turkish side Galatasaray.
His career at Montreal Impact in the Major League Soccer might be coming to an end as the player ages, but his calm finish when the MLS All stars played against Arsenal would not be forgotten in a hurry.
Drogba’s tally is now 16 goals in 16 games against the Emirates side. Arsenal won the game at the end courtesy of a goal from Chuba Akpom and Joel Campbell 2-1. The exhibition game was a much better effort from Arsenal compared to their effort against Lens which ended 1-1. The 38-year old was impressive for the team at San Jose but couldn’t bully the inexperienced defenders Rob Holding and Krystian Bielik as he would have when he was much younger.
After the game, Wenger said: “Drogba is a poacher. He can do that in the box. When I see him in the box, fighting with young defenders, I always think there is danger because you know that he can get the upper hand and score a goal. That’s what he did.”
With Per Mertesacker sidelined till 2017, the Gunners would need to find experienced defenders as the current crop seem too inexperienced for the forthcoming season which would be very competitive. Arsenal are set to play Mexican side Chivas in Los Angeles on Sunday. Wenger says he is focused on bringing the best out of the team. He added that the cheques clubs are signing to remain in the league is scary as they are all ambitious.