Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Valencia was not only notable for it sealing their Champions League progression.
Stamford Bridge was also witness to the renaissance of one of its modern stars.
Didier Drogba has been a shadow of himself in the past couple of seasons, but the past two games have seen him return to something like his best.
The spectre of Fernando Torres has been hanging over him since the Spaniard’s £50million arrival from Liverpool.
Much of the talk surrounding Chelsea’s recent bad run has been how to get the best out of El Nino.
There was no discussion on what could be done to get the best back out of Drogba, it was as if he was all set to retire soon.
This is the man who has terrorised every Premier League defence around at some point or another, the man that scored 29 league goals to take Chelsea to the title in 2009/10 and the man who has three league titles and FA Cup victories to his name.
It now looks as though Torres will be playing understudy to the Cote D’Ivoire captain for the next few games.
In commemoration of Drogba’s return to form, GMF have compiled his top five goals, in no particular order.
The ball falls to Drogba about 40 yards out, he controls it and moves 10 yards towards goal before letting fly. The ball seems to move in about four different directions before crashing in just under the flummoxed Jussi Jaaskelainen
This effort is notable for it being the only real bit of quality in a very dull game. It was the first FA Cup final at the newly built Wembley stadium and the pitch had ruined any chance of a footballing spectacle. With the game heading towards a penalty shoot-out the ball was passed forward to Drogba on the edge of the box. A delightful one-two with Frannk Lampard followed and the Ivorian calmly finished past Edwin van der Sar, winning the cup for the Blues.
This was the icing on the cake for Chelsea’s trip to the Emirates in their last title-winning season. Drogba had already put the Blues ahead, before a Thomas Vermaelen own goal doubled the lead. Didier then stepped up to put the gloss on the result.
This was a goal worthy of winning any game and so it did for a ten-man Chelsea side who hadn’t looked like getting much more than a point. The ball was played into Drogba on the edge of the Liverpool area with his back to goal, he took one touch and swivelled to smash an unstoppable shot past the rooted Pepe Reina.
This was another stunner to seal a victory in the dying moments. Everton had been leading Chelsea but a Frank Lampard goal had even things up. With just four minutes left, an Andrei Shevchenko flick bounced up off the chest of Drogba; the Ivorian proceeded to turn quickly and smash an astonishing 35-yard lob over the Toffees keeper.
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