It’s the last kick of the ball in the penalty shoot-out UEFA champions league 2012, if he scores Chelsea are Champions of Europe inside the Allianz arena front of the Bavaria Fans, he misses the spot kick sudden death beckons and he might have lost the opportunity to put his name in Chelsea Fc folklore and history. The big man steps up calmly send Manuel ‘Sweeper’ Neuer the wrong way, Drogba has just scored the winning goal in the UEFA Champions League final, Chelsea are champions of Europe for the first time in their history incredible scenes of wild jubilations from Munich to London to Abidjan. Coincidentally that was to be the Drogba’s last kick of the ball in Blue Chelsea shirt, the big ivorien was off to Asia. The overtures and opulence of the Chinese club Shanghai Shenghua was too good to turn down, more so Abramovich and Chelsea board were not willing to give him the two years contract he asked for Didier was on the plane to China. On his arrival thousands of Chinese fans where at the airport to receive King Drogba amidst fanfare and tight security, although the chinese experience was to come to an abrupt end the same way it began as the owners of the Chinese club where in deep financial crisis therefore couldn’t sustain their heavy pay packages paid to their stars including drogba, another transfer was on the cards for Didier. Turkish giants Galatasaray called and gave Didier an escape route out of china, he soon settled down in Gala and immediately became a fan favourite, notching up decisive goals and leading them to the UCL knock out stages where they fell to the superior power of Chelsea fc.
Soon the season ended, rumours emerged that Jose wants Drogba back in the Cheslea blue, Jose called Drogba, no need for much convincing ,he told him COME BACK HOME, and Didier could not say no, who wouldn’t want to go back home after 2years sojourn away. The rest they say is history; Drogba is back in his beloved Chelsea blue, he penned a 1year deal with the blues with option of extension as a coach the next year. He is back to his old stomping ground, where he made his name, scoring goals for fun, he racked up a total of 157 goals winning 3 premier league titles, 4 FA Cups, 2 Carling cups and of course 1 UEFA champions league in the process.
Chelsea fans should not expect Drogba to give them double figures in goals return HELL NO!!! Didier is no longer the Didier he was 3years ago, age isn’t on his side as well, however Chelsea should still expect the hunger and passion from him, they should expect cameo appearances in the league and Capital one cup, scoring a couple of times as well. Drogba was not brought back by Jose to score goals, No, he was brought back to be a guide and mentor the new crop of players at the bridge, Drogba’s presence in the dressing room is a big plus to the new Chelsea players, he should be able to install the Chelsea DNA of never say die in them to make the next 10years of Chelsea be as eventful and even more as the previous years. Also Drogba will help Chelsea new striker Diego Costa settle down and teach him how to be a Chelsea striker; it is believed that this will add more impetus to the firepower line of Chelsea.
The second coming of King Drogba is not as a scoring machine but as a guide and tutor to the younger ones, this will make Jose’s work a lot easier as he can easily speak with the players and convey Jose’s philosophy off and on the pitch. We wish him all the best and hope he makes more history together with Jose and the club.
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AU REVOUIR ROMELU BOLINGOLI LUKAKU : THE INSIDE STORY
I am not the biggest fan lukaku,I have looked at him over the years, he went to westbrom was subbed lots of times,came on as a sub and scored goals at the end of the season,he had times at everton where he had done very well, I saw him lots of times when he was mediocre – TONY CASCARINO (EX Chelsea player)
A promising young talent from the Anderletch FC academy of Belgium, a raw talent at the age of 17 was already a star and shining light in the Belgian Jupiler league, his frame stood 6foot 5, was a demon to defenders and always proved a handful he freely scored goals with pace and power. The comparison began to pour in, he was comaparedto and called the new Didier Drogba, fortunately the young man loved Chelsea and drogba was his idol. Trust the hawks of European football to start making inquiries on his availability and ready pounce to get the gallant striker, he had his eyes on only one club which was Chelsea Fc his dream club. When CFC travelled to Anderletcch in the summer of 2011 to negotiate a deal, a fee of £18million was agreed for the attacker and RomeluLukaku was on the flight to England and he was excited at the prospect of playing alongside his idol Didier Drogba. He arrived amidst fanfare his idol was nearing his twilight hence many saw him as a natural successor to fill the boots of Drogba when he finally leaves CFC. Not long into his Chelsea career, Lukaku’s attitudinal problems started manifesting, Andre Villa Boas felt he wasn’t ready yet for the first team so he was farmed out to westbrom to get some playing time and experience to continue his development. Steve Clarke’s connection with the CFC hierarchy facilitated his loan move to westbrom,Lukaku did creditably well notching a hatrick against Manchester United and scoring other important goals. However his brilliant performances where overshadowed by his loud mouth, Lukaku suffers from a disease called Diarrhoea of the mouth, Lukaku finds it difficult to keep shut when infront of the camera he makes silly comments that keep fans and the club wondering what manner of boy is this? The modern day footballer isn’t only a player on the pitch he is equally a Public Relations specialist, Lukaku clearly lacks PR skills.
RomeluLukaku was set to be a key member of the CFC squad in the 2013/2014 season,he did well during pre season tour in America and Mourinho loved what he saw, in the super cup match against Bayern munich in August 2013, Lukaku missed the decisive spot kick that would have handed the CFC the super cup, Romelu was inconsolable. Then came Samuel EtoFils who had just been signed to bolster the attack of Chelsea, Lukaku wasn’t ready to fight for his place, he met Jose on the eve of transfer deadline day and asked for a transfer to Everton, Jose granted his request and he was off to the blue side of Merseyside, he did very well in his loan spell with everton scoring 15goals in the season, however the leaking mouth always reared its ugly head, Lukaku had just pressed the self destruct button when he attempted to join issues with Jose Mourinho his boss, the season ended and he was off to the world cup with his country, lukaku never sealed his mouth all through the warm up matches Lukaku was always on the news ranting and stating he will make up his mind after the world cup if he would remain at CFC, the Diarhhoea of the mouth has refused to let romelu be, unfortunately for him his performance at the world cup was nothing to write home about as a younger DevockOrigi was preferred to lukaku. OOH how bad his attitude, its rared its ugly head again, in one of the matchesLukaku was substituted early on and he refused to shake hands with his national team coach nor accept the applause, this was becoming overbearing, soon after Belgians were eliminated from the world cup. Earlier on this week he called Jose and the Chelsea board to clarify his position, Lukaku was demanding to be the First choice striker at Chelsea fc, what an effrontery and bravado from the young man, not taking anything away from Rom he is a good striker but demanding for a starting role in a competitive team like Chelsea where even PetrCech isn’t even sure of been in the starting line up, Lukaku didn’t want to fight to be top choice at Chelsea, he wanted it served on a platter of Gold with belgian ornamented tray, Jose was infuriated likewise the CFC board, RomeluLukaku was on his way out the Toffees had a bid of £28million accepted , £25million down payment and £3million representing add-ons on trophies. Bolingoli was gone, his Chelsea career over, his Chelsea dream shattered.
Jose mourinho stated categorically that RomeluLukaku’s commitment to the Chelsea course has been questioned, his professionalism also questioned as well, demanding for a starting role was like an ultimatum to Jose saying PLAY ME OR I LEAVE. Jose had this to say on the Lukaku issue, “The thinking was first of all the fact RomeluLukaku was always clear cut with us in his mentality and his approach was not highly motivated to come back to CFC, he wanted to play for Chelsea but clearly only as the first choice striker and at a club of our dimension its very difficult to promise a player that status , after that everton came with an important offer and because we want to be inside financial fair play rules you have to analyse the situation”.The above statement by Jose clearly explains the whole issue behind the travails and sale of Lukaku. You don’t meet the gaffer and demand a starting shirt, you work hard and fight for it, ask Didier Drogba, new signing Diego costa isn’t even sure of a starting bet in the Chelsea 11, Lukaku just has a loud mouth that if not checked is capable of derailing his professional career. I hope Martinez is able to caution and direct him to talkless and do more talking on the pitch, if lukaku can overcome his attitudinal problems he is capable of becoming one of the best strikers in the world (I hope a buy back clause was Inserted into his contract). I only but wish him well in everton. Did I mention that asides Lukaku’s finishing ability, he is got an abysmal first touch?.Ahhhhh, My ink just got exhausted, talk about that some other time.
Lukaku wasn’t good enough, he doesn’t meet the required standards at Chelsea. I pass on the ball to you my ardent readers, tell me what you think.
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