Didier Drogba has said that the current Chelsea team is good enough to win the Premier League and Champions League this season.
In an interview with Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl, the Chelsea legend said that the current team is good enough to win everything but admits you can never tell what will happen in football.
Drogba said: “I think this team is good enough to do it but football is so funny and interesting that you can’t tell.
“I can’t tell you if at the end of the season this will have been the Champions League year or the Premier League year, it is impossible to tell.”
The striker knows what he is talking about too as he has won both of those trophies before with Chelsea and knows that no matter how well you think your season is going, anything can happen in football.
He said: “I remember in 2005 and 2006 we had a great year, a fantastic season. We were six or 12 points in front and we went out of the Champions League in the early stages so it doesn’t mean anything.”
Drogba, who has previously been voted Chelsea’s greatest ever player, spoke of the great relationship he has with the fans after he spent so many years at Stamford bridge, winning trophies, before going to play in China and Turkey, just to return home to Chelsea.
He said: “Together we achieved so much here, we’ve been through a lot of good moments and sad moments as well like the final in Moscow.
“For eight years we’ve been chasing the same trophy for the fans and then we did it, so that understanding between the fans and the players, not only me, makes the relationship very special.”
Drogba secured his place in the hearts of every Chelsea fan in 2012 when it was his penalty that secured the Champions League for the Blues. A night that no Chelsea fan will ever forget and a match along with many others that earned the great Ivorian the nickname, “King’.
Wahl told Drogba about Jose Mourinho calling him the King and it caused the striker to blush.
He said: “From him that means a lot. He is the one who gave me the chance to play in a big European club. He saw the potential but from seeing the potential to bet on a player like me, there is a big gap, and he took the risk.”
Drogba couldn’t speak highly enough of the “special one” and described how their relationship began the very first day he arrived in London.
Drogba said: ‘I remember the first day in London when I came to sign the contract. He said to me ‘if you want to become like Thierry Henry, Ronaldo, all of these great players, then you have to play for me.’”
Mourinho, the friend
Mourinho is renowned for having the reputation of being a great man-manager and players that have played for him usually love him and can’t do enough for him. Drogba shed some light on why that is and shows what kind of guy Mourinho really is.
The 36-year-old striker said: “He is a manager but he also a friend, I am lucky to say that he is a friend. He is the kind of man that will put the family you have first before football, he knows what he is doing. Life is much more important and he knows that it is for us as well.”
After Drogba’s Champions League heroics, and the Blues eventually lifting the trophy after years of trying, the striker though winning a medal wasn’t enough and wanted to capture the moment in time for his teammates so he reportedly got everyone in the team a championship ring.
He said: “The story is I used to watch all these basketball players winning the NBA and getting the ring and I was like, wow, this is something big!
“Because in 10 years time we all have something relate us to a special event, a special moment, so when you when you look at this ring you are like yes I was there, that is the feeling I wanted my teammates to have.”
There's no place like home
After winning the prize he coveted for so long, the legend moved on and went to play in China, and the Turkey, leaving his family at home in London because, like Drogba, they loved the city and country so much.
He said: “They came to England and were 3 years old, 4 years old, for example my son who is playing for Chelsea, when I ask him which national team he wants to play, he is French, so when I asked him, he didn’t even choose France, he didn’t choose Ivory Coast he said he wants to play for England.
“Just to show you how much they love it. Even when I was in China I said to them ‘do you want to come and live here?’ but they said ‘no no no! we will come and see you on holidays don’t worry’”
After being away from the club for two seasons, at the age of 36, he returned. He will always have a place at Chelsea when he retires but he still wants to help the team in any way that he can as a player.
His experience and knowledge is invaluable for any player at Chelsea as he has been there and done it all. Maybe he can inspire the current team to go on and win trophies this season, the first of which could come this Sunday against Tottenham Hotspur.
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