Chelsea’s preparations for the forthcoming Premier League season were dealt a massive blow when Didier Drogba limped off the pitch after just 30 minutes in yesterday’s pre-season friendly against Ferencvaros.
The Ivorian striker went down holding his ankle and had to be replaced by Oscar. He looks set to miss the start of the season and possibly beyond.
Two stunning goals from Cesc Fabregas and Ramires gave Chelsea a 2-1 win at the Hungarian club’s brand new multi-purpose Groupama Arena, but the result has been overshadowed by Drogba’s injury.
Chelsea’s first goal came when Filipe Luis' ricocheted cross off an opposing player fell right into the path of Brazilian midfielder Ramires on the edge of the box. He took one touch and smashed a dipping left-foot volley out of the reach of Dibusz.
The Hungarian goalkeeper was equally as helpless when Chelsea's £26.6 million signing from Barcelona - Cesc Fabregas - danced his way through the defence to then finish coolly at the near post.
This was the Blues' last friendly of their mini-European tour before they return to West London to face Real Sociedad on Tuesday evening.
Despite Chelsea being the dominant side throughout the game, it was anything but plain sailing.
A very well known face in Zoltan Gera - who has played for West Bromwich Albion amongst others in the Premier League - gave the Hungarian side the lead with a brilliant left foot volley of his own.
The ball was whipped in deliciously from the right flank and dutifully met by Gera from inside the box, giving Petr Cech absolutely no chance.
Andre Schurrle was Jose Mourinho’s best attacking threat on the night and his dangerous crossing and dribbling poured on the pressure. Eventually it paid off in the second half as Fabragas' winner came on 81 minutes.
Jose Mourinho substituted every player in his starting lineup during the course of the game, clearly suggesting that he has not yet discovered his best starting 11. Where to play Fabregas in a squad packed full of attacking midfielders will be at the crux of his problems.
Chelsea line up:
Cech (Schwarzer 46'); Azpilicueta (Moses 68'), Zouma (Van Ginkel 79'), Christensen (Cahill 46), Filipe Luis (Ivanovic 46’); Obi Mikel (Matic 61’), Willian (Salah 46’), Ramires (Hazard 61’), Schurrle (Fabregas 46’); Fernando Torres (Diego Costa 46’), Drogba (Oscar 29’, Ake 78’).