Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has revealed that he is extremely happy to go into the match against Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final as the underdogs.
Chelsea have been the favourites to win the Champions League over the past couple of seasons, but recent failures mean that they will not be the favourites against Barcelona when the two sides meet at the Stamford Bridge.
Didier Drogba has revealed that it is extremely easy to play when there are no expectations unlike in previous seasons when they were expected to win the Champions League. A champions league bet placed on Chelsea this season would see you recoup 10 times your stake, compared to previous seasons when they have been as low as 6/4 to win.
Chelsea made it to the final of the Champions League once, but lost in the final to Manchester United on penalties. Many argue that this will be the last season for many of the old guard at Chelsea, which includes Didier Drogba as well. Chelsea have certainly done well after the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas, as they have reached the semi-final stage when they were not expected to cross the last 16 itself.
However, they will be facing the biggest opponents in the form of Barcelona, who stand between them and either Bayern Munich or Real Madrid. Lampard has also spoken about the underdog status of Chelsea in this match, which could potentially help them.
“I don’t mind if people write us off against Barcelona. We’re in the semi-final on merit. I understand what people are saying. Everyone has this feeling with Barcelona that they’re going to roll over everyone. When they’re at their best they can do that. We have to take them on and play the way we did in the FA Cup,” Drogba said ahead of the meeting with Barcelona.
Chelsea are undefeated against Barcelona in their last five meetings with the Spanish club and they will be hoping that the run continues this season as well.
Chelsea are extremely worried at the fitness of Didier Drogba, who had to be taken off in the match against Bolton.
Didier Drogba has just recently returned from the international duty after participating for the Ivory Coast at the 2012 African cup of nations.
The previous time Didier Drogba had played in this major tournaments, he came with many problems fitness wise. Chelsea are worried that the same may re-occur once again, as the striker had to be taken off in the match against Bolton. He is a major worry for the match against West Brom next weekend, while he is definitely going to not take part in the Ivory Coast friendly midweek.
Didier Drogba scored in the 3-0 win over Bolton, but had to be taken off. Frank Lampard scored the final goal of the game in order to show that he is still one of the best players at the club to Andre Villas-Boas. Didier Drogba has managed to keep out Fernando Torres out of the first team action every time he has been available. Even though this has not been the most prolific season for Didier Drogba, he still retains his place in the team due to the fact that he brings other players into the match.
Chelsea are currently facing a race to finish ahead of Arsenal and Tottenham in the fight for the Champions League qualification. Chelsea will have to play an extra qualifying match if they finished fourth, while they will be qualifying directly to the group stages if they finish third in the table.
Tottenham are currently in the third position, while Arsenal are in the fourth position. The latest football odds place Chelsea as slim favourites to make the fourth spot.
Arsenal managed to hand a lifeline to Chelsea after they beat Tottenham 5-2 at the Emirates to reduce the gap from 10 points to 7 points.
The Ivory Coast striker, Didier Drogba has recently been in the limelight for reasons which might be quite stupid to him. He has rubbished off any rumor which goes on to say that he gave the half time speech to the team.
The usual procedure that is followed is that the Chelsea boss Andre Villas Boas gives a speech to the team during the half time to build their confidence and make each of them aware of any faults which they should better on during the next half.
However, during the last match with Birmingham city, Didier Drogba might have made a continuation speech followed just after Andre Villas Boas had finished his. However this should not be considered as one where he made the entire speech during the half time. He specifically emphasizes on the point that apart from the coach and the boss, there are other important, key players in the team who can put in a word of advice and that does not mean that they are taking control over the team themselves.
He remains adamant to his point that he has just done what the manager would have wanted them to do. Chelsea has anyway been having quite a bit of trouble in the recent past with their game performance and since they have managed to overcome these difficulties and perform well once again, it shouldn’t be of much trouble if this is brought about by some advice by senior players of the team.
Didier Drogba feels that the entire issue has been blown out of proportion and people should stop making such a huge issue out of nothing. Rather they should be happy that the team is improving instead of looking into minor details like these.
Chelsea and Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba once again failed to help his national side win an international trophy, as he missed a crucial penalty in the final of the African cup of nations.
Didier Drogba set off to the Africa cup of nations with Ivory Coast, who are one of the favourites to lift the title. This is not the first time Ivory Coast have been the favourites to win the African cup of nations, as they have been the same for a few years now.
Many expected them to lift the trophy this time around, which could be the last major tournament for Didier Drogba internationally.
The 34-year-old striker is coming to the end of his career. Despite being acclaimed internationally for being extremely powerful and able to score important goals, Didier Drogba has not been able to achieve any great success with this international team.
He has been responsible for a few eliminations from the African cup of nations over the last few tournaments. This time around, however, he has been a major influence in Ivory Coast making it into the finals of the African cup of nations against Mali.
Ivory Coast were the massive favourites according to the best betting odds.Didier Drogba received a great opportunity to put his side ahead in the finals against Zambia. However, he missed the 70th minute penalty.
Zambia later held on in the match to take it into the penalties. Astonishingly, the underdogs Zambia managed to stun Ivory Coast by winning the match in the penalty shootout.
Hence, Didier Drogba has to wait and watch another year in order to see his international team lift a major trophy like the African cup of Nations.
The African cup of nations, which is a biannual tournament, is going to be held next year only for the first time in successive years, ahead of a new schedule that works around the World Cup.
New Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Hughes has made Chelsea striker Didier Drogba his biggest target in January transfer window.
Hughes has been promised a transfer kitty of £ 30 million to save the club from relegation and take it to a respectable position, and the Ivory Coast international striker is his first choice.
According to reports, Drogba has stalled on talks of contract extension with Chelsea, leading many to believe that he is ready to leave the West London side, with which he has won three English Premier League titles for greener pastures. If he left Stamford Bridge, expect Chelsea’s best online Champions League odds to drift – without the big Ivorian up-front, the blues really lack a cutting edge.
Didier Drogba wants a new and improved two year deal with the side from Stamford Bridge but The Pensioners will only offer the 33 year old a rolling one year contract that has made The Drog look for a new home for one last pay day.
It was recently reported that new Paris Saint Germain boss Carlo Ancelotti, the former Chelsea manager, would meet the £ 100,000 per week wage demand of the striker and he was all set to return to France.
It was also rumored that Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua which recently signed former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka would break the bank to reunite the two Chelsea players but the club has denied these reports.
Italian giants AC Milan were also in the running to sign the former African Player of Year but it seems that they have turned their attention to the wayward Argentine striker Carlos Tevez of Manchester City.
This leaves QPR with an open field, with only Tottenham Hotspur providing any sort of competition for the signature of Drogba. However, with Tottenham not willing to break their wage structure to sign the player, it seems more and more likely that Didier Drogba will end up playing for the other club from West London at Loftus Road.
He might be ruled out from playing for Chelsea through both suspension and injury (one he has had his arm surgery done), but that hasn’t stopped striker Didier Drogba from asking for a new contract!
With his current deal set to expire in June, Didier is keen to tie himself to the Stamford Bridge club for another two years, though he’s unsure whether he will actually be offered a deal of that length, given that he is now 33 years old.
Chelsea would be loathe to lose him for nothing though, so a new deal should be hammered out over the next few weeks.
“Talks have started,” Drogba told L’Equipe. “Everyone knows what I want.
“I am not afraid of the competition. I always had to face it here with Gudjohnsen and then Shevchenko.”
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has admitted his winning goal against Hull was intended as a cross, but believes getting the win was all that matter.
Drogba scored twice after Stephen Hunt’s early strike had given Hull City the lead in opening fixture of the Premier League.
The Ivory Coast international snatched all three points for the resilient Blues with a stroke of fortune in the dying minutes of the game.
After dribbling to the byline Drogba lofted a ball towards the back post which looped over goalkeeper Boaz Myhill and into the net.
Drogba told Chelsea’s official website, “To be honest it was a cross for Salomon Kalou, but the intention was there and I had so many chances that I think it was a gift – almost as good as the ones you get on the free bets websites!
“You have to create your own luck, and although I wanted to cross for Salomon, the ball went into the goal, so I was lucky and it is always good to win the first game.
“We had a difficult second half because we could have scored a lot of goals but we were unlucky. I could have scored two or three goals before the last one, but we won and that’s the most important thing.”
The 31-year-old secured an opening day win with his late strike and he praised the spirit of the squad to respond so well to falling behind.
“They came here last year and created a lot of problems,” he added. “So we knew it was going to be difficult, especially when they scored, but the spirit we showed today was good.”