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Champions League ‘Drogba derby’ not worth the hype

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Drogba's reunion with Mourinho has been exaggerated as a football match (©GettyImages)
Drogba's reunion with Mourinho has been exaggerated as a football match (©GettyImages).

As soon as the news came out that Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea had been drawn against Roberto Mancini’s Galatasaray in the Champions League’s round of last 16, everyone got very excited at the prospect of Didier Drogba returning going up against the team which brought him his fame.

Add to that the fact that he had what appears to have been a perfect working relationship with Jose Mourninho, the game is being billed as the ‘Drogba derby’ and many are considering it to be one of the games of season.

In a way, it is true that there will be an incentive to watch the match, as it should be rather emotional for both parties to be reunited in a game of football.

Where the claims of this being a big game really fall through is in the idea that this could be a pulsating and fascinating match.

Indeed, there is little debate over who the winner will be, as even though the Turkish side have been solid in their bid to progress through the stages of the Champions League, it is difficult, if not impossible, to see them come up trumps against a side with the talent that Chelsea have at their disposal and a manager with the European credentials of Jose Mourinho.

Galatasaray on the other hand are coached by a man who failed to lead Manchester City, who were Premier League champions at the time, past the group stages of the illustrious International competition.

At this point, the best anyone can hope for would be for Drogba to play well, perhaps even score a goal of the calibre he use to achieve at Chelsea, but there is little hope that it will be any more than a distraction from the comprehensive victory Chelsea should, and probably will, achieve.

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Chelsea
Didier Drogba
UEFA Champions League
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