Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has heaped praise on the performances of compatriot Nicolas Pepe in Ligue 1 this term. The 23-year-old has been in stellar form for Lille this season with 17 goals and eight assists in the French top-flight and this has kept them on course for a return to next season’s Champions League.
Speaking to Goal.com, Drogba said that he has heard plenty of good things about the progress of Pepe and he is confident that the forward can leapfrog the 19-goal tally, he achieved with Marseille during the 2003-04 season, he told: “He has very good statistics and he will easily exceed my goals record in Ligue 1. He is fast and a complete and efficient player. We need players like him in Ligue 1. I have been hearing about him for some time, especially because he has been part of the Ivorian national team for several years.”
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Cardiff City defender Sol Bamba has said that Didier Drogba played a role in shaping up his professional playing career. The 34-year-old shared the same dressing room with the former Chelsea star in the national setup and he has now spoken about the experience of playing with and against the Ivory Coast legend.
Speaking to reporters, Bamba hailed the qualities of the former Blues ace, who recently retired from the beautiful game, he said: “Didier Drogba was our captain and he was the best striker I ever came up against. What a player, strong with both feet, good in the air and on his day I quickly learned you cannot mark him. It was good experience trying, though!”
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Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has indicated that he has no plans of featuring in the Indian Super League as a player after recently calling time on his professional career. The Ivorian great decided to bow out of the playing field after 20 years in the game and he is now looking forward to a new phase of life.
Speaking to reporters in Mumbai, Drogba highlighted that he has no plans of playing in the Indian Super League but he would do his part to encourage Indian football, he said:“I think there are other ways to encourage Indian football but I am not going to come out of retirement and play again. Once you announce that you are done it’s good to try to stick to it. I have done and achieved everything in the last 20 years so I think it’s time for me to relax a bit.”
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Former Chelsea forward Didier Drogba has congratulated John Terry after the defender announced his retirement from the game. The 37-year-old has been without a club over the last few months after leaving Aston Villa at the end of last season. He has been linked with several clubs – including Spartak Moscow – over a short-term contract. However, he has now decided to hang up his boots and instead look at other options in his life. The 37-year-old will be remembered as one of the greatest Premier League defenders around and his retirement news quickly brought about a lot of congratulatory messages from around the world.
Didier Drogba was one of the latest to acknowledge the brilliant career enjoyed by John Terry, who spent 18 years at Chelsea winning numerous honours. Terry was able to lift Champions League, Premier League, Europa League, and several other domestic honours during his time with the blues. He was hoping for a return back to the Premier League with Aston Villa but those hopes were dashed when the club failed to get promotion last season. Frank Lampard, Jamie Carragher, Michael Ballack, and several other famous names in world football came up with glowing tributes of the 37-year-old. Drogba even claimed that Terry is yet to pay him money owed from a bet.
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Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has said that he is not surprised by Cristiano Ronaldo’s decision to head to Juventus this summer. The Portugal international has linked up with the Bianconeri following nine successful seasons with Real Madrid and Drogba feels the attacker has made the good choice at the current phase of his career.
Speaking to Football Italia, Drogba said: “I am not remotely surprised [by Ronaldo transfer]. I find it as a perfect, exciting and such a good choice that I was about to do it, too. I thought I had already joined a Serie A club and we were down to the details, but then everything evaporated. Don’t ask me the club, there’s no point opening that up now. In any case, it was more than just an offer and I was very interested, so I perfectly understand Ronaldo’s desire to play in Serie A.”
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Belgium international Romelu Lukaku has acknowledged that Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has played a key role in helping him develop into a top-class footballer. The 25-year-old made just 15 appearances during his time at Stamford Bridge but he has nevertheless forged a Premier League career after impressing with the likes of Everton and Manchester United.
Speaking to reporters, Lukaku highlighted that Drogba is like a ‘big brother’ to him and admitted that he holds a close relationship with the Ivorian footballer, he said: “Everybody knows Didier Drogba is a bit of a big brother to me. He’s helped me from when I arrived in England, we have a very special and close relationship. He demands a lot of me because he knows I have the potential to do big things.”
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Liverpool attacker Mohamed Salah has revealed that former teammate Didier Drogba urged him to break the Premier League record for the most goals by an African player. The Chelsea favourite had notched 29 goals during the 2009/10 league season but the feat was eventually surpassed by Salah, who scored 32 times on his way to winning the Golden Boot.
Speaking to reporters, Salah admitted that Drogba advised him to break the feat which he did with flying colours, he said: “When I reached 20 goals, I spoke with Didier Drogba. He told me: ‘Please, break the record!’ to which I responded laughing: ‘No worries, I will!’ And I managed [it]. So I thought to myself, I have quite a few games to play before the end of the season, I can break the all-time record! It’s a great source of joy for me.”
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Former Chelsea star Didier Drogba has heaped praise on Liverpool attacker Mohamed Salah after he broke his Premier League scoring record. The Egypt international recently netted his 30th league goal for the Reds in his debut season and he therefore became the highest scoring African Player in a single Premier League campaign, surpassing the 29 goals amassed by Drogba during the 2009/10 season.
Shortly after achieving this feat, Drogba hailed the attacker on Instagram, he wrote: “It was just a matter of days before this guy put my goal record as number one African Premier League top scorer to bed. So proud of you little bro, continue to put our continent as high as you can. Much love and blessings, like I said before The best is yet to come.” Continue reading “Didier Drogba Praises Mohamed Salah After Breaking His Record”
Former Chelsea defender Ken Monkou believes the Blues’ downfall this season has been partly contributed by Antonio Conte’s decision to offload Diego Costa. The Italian head coach had a bust-up with Costa midway through the previous campaign, and this eventually saw the Spaniard fall out-of-favour at the end of the season.
Costa’s proposed return to Atletico Madrid was constantly pressed thereafter and the Blues finally ended the saga by agreeing to his sale in September 2017. Speaking on the Mail, Monkou suggested that the Blues lost a key figure in the form of Costa, who could be compared to the likes of Drogba and Ibrahimovic – for his presence on the pitch.
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Chelsea favourite Didier Drogba has suggested that Lionel Messi may not be regarded as the greatest player in the world until he can match the achievements of Diego Maradona and Pele at the global stage. The Barcelona forward has won every trophy in the cabinet at club level, but he has not found similar success with the Argentina national side.
Speaking to AFP, Drogba stressed that Messi is a legendary footballer on current terms, but he could enhance his reputation further, if he manages to lead his country to the World Cup like Maradona and Pele, he said: “Messi could stop now and he would already have done a lot for football. To win a World Cup would make him even more legendary. He’s an extraordinary player! He’s still not at the heights of Maradona and Pele, but he’s not far away.” Continue reading “Didier Drogba Names Two Players Better Than Lionel Messi”