Chelsea defender David Luiz has denied accusations that Didier Drogba was making fun of the fact that Chelsea have drawn Benfica in the quarter-final stage of the Champions League. Chelsea had to progress to the quarter-final stage of the Champions League after some difficulty.
They lost the first leg match against Napoli 3-1, which all but ended their hopes of progressing. However, spectacular turnaround in the second leg, which they won 4-1, meant that they entered into the draw for the quarter-finals. There was a distinct possibility of Chelsea drawing against the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Bayern Munich. However, they were drawn against one of the underdogs in the form of Benfica.
The Chelsea official website released a video that showed Didier Drogba feigning fear after the draw was made. This has infuriated Benfica, who have said that Didier Drogba will be made to pay for his actions when the two sides meet on Tuesday night.
However, Chelsea defender David Luiz, who signed from Benfica in January 2011, has said that Didier Drogba was expressing his fear at the prospect of facing Barcelona in the semifinals and it had not been a disrespect to Benfica.
“If people watch the video closely, it’s not directed at Benfica. He was talking about Barcelona because Barcelona are a very, very big team. Chelsea know how Benfica reached this far. They’re a strong team. Drogba’s character wouldn’t allow him to disrespect another team,” David Luiz said ahead of the first leg encounter between the two clubs in Lisbon.
Drogba was a crucial player in enabling Chelsea qualify for this stage of the competition after is quite remarkable performance against Napoli. However, Drogba has not scored since his opening goal against Napoli a few weeks ago, and is unlikely to start in the match.
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has said that he was not giving a half-time team talk in the tunnel during the FA Cup match with Birmingham city.
Didier Drogba is one of the most influential members of the Chelsea squad. He has just returned to the Chelsea squad after spending time with his international team Ivory Coast at the 2012 African cup of nations.
As a result of his recent return from international football, Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas decided to use Fernando Torres as the main striker. Didier Drogba was on the bench, but Andre Villas-Boas soon realised that he will not be able to progress into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup without the services of the Ivorian.
Chelsea were trailing at the break to a goal from Birmingham city early in the first half. As a result, Didier Drogba was brought on in place of Fernando Torres at the start of the second half. Prior to the players coming out onto the pitch, Didier Drogba was spotted giving a team talk to the players. This has sparked of rumours that it was indeed Didier Drogba who had given the half-time team talk in the dressing room. This has seriously undermined the authority of Andre Villas-Boas at Chelsea.
“I want to make things clear – the manager made the speech at half-time and after that I think he’s got some leaders in the team. We are here to help him. After that we were trying to bring the team up after half-time and nothing more. We did what the manager wanted us to do and apply what he was saying. I think people are making a big thing about nothing,” he said. Chelsea could only draw the match against Birmingham city, and they will be facing the FA Cup replay in the first week of March.
Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has all but confirmed that star striker Didier Drogba will be a Chelsea player after the end of the African cup of nations. The striker, who joined from Marseille in the summer of 2004 for a club record fee of £ 24 million, is out of contract at the end of the season.
As a result of it, he is now eligible to discuss his future with potential clubs. He could also sign for a club on a free transfer due to his age and service to Chelsea. This would come as a major blow for Chelsea given that they are fighting to stay in the top four.
Tottenham have been extremely brilliant season, while Manchester City and Manchester United continue to fight for the title. Chelsea, meanwhile, are in a period of transition, as they attempt to replace the older players at Stamford bridge. This has led to speculation that players like Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba will be departing the club at the end of the season or in the January transfer window. Manchester United even considered making a bid for Frank Lampard, who has been at the club for 10 years.
However, manager Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed that both Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba will be Chelsea players after the end of this transfer window. “He’s going to be here for sure. Yes, long-term. They will return to this club from the African Nations and hopefully we will hold on to them until the end of the season. That’s our intention, and I think their willingness as well,” Villas-Boas said ahead of the match with Sunderland. Chelsea are supposedly in negotiations with Lille midfielder Eden Hazard, who is thought to have a release clause of around £ 33 million in his contract.
The new Chelsea Revolution under manager Andre Villas Boas looks set to bring down the axe on several ageing players in the squad, with one player who was surely in the plans of the boss also leaving the side from Stamford Bridge as well.
Didier Drogba, the talismanic Chelsea and Ivory Coast international forward is all set to leave the Blues, after reports emerged that he has turned down a contract extension at the club and is looking for pastures new. The future of the Ivory Coast international has been in doubt for quite some time now, even when Carlo Ancelotti was in charge of the side when he was not getting the number of games that he would have preferred.
Ever since the 33 year old Villas Boas took over the duties at the beginning of the season, it was always thought he will sell of ageing players and at 34 years old, Didier Drogba is definitely no spring chicken.
However, the performances that Drogba managed to put forward in the limited number of starts highly impressed the Portuguese boss; Drogba is the second highest scorer for Chelsea this season with Daniel Sturridge ahead of him and Torres and Anelka nowhere near him. Chelsea insiders had revealed that the club would sit for an extension with Drogba but now that he has turned down the chance for an extension, it is believed that he might just be looking for one big pay day before he hangs up his boots.
Italian giants AC Milan are favorites to snap up the big striker but he might also move across London to Tottenham Hotspur as Harry Redknapp is said to be a big fan of him. Wherever he goes, Didier Drogba will be sorely missed by the Chelsea team and the fans as well.