Drogba, Lampard, Terry.

Pat Nevin believes this Chelsea trio can be the new Drogba, Lampard & Terry

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John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba are three former Chelsea players who will forever be fondly remembered by fans at Stamford Bridge.

The brilliant trio formed an incredible core during the most successful period in the club's history.

Terry - now at Aston Villa - was released in the summer, whilst 39-year-old Drogba is winding down his career at Phoenix Rising FC.

Despite winning the Premier League in two of the last three seasons, Chelsea fans are craving the stability the legendary trio brought them.

There are no players at the Bridge that are even close to being as highly regarded as that famous core of three. However, one man thinks there are three players ready to fill their shoes.

They've made some astute signings over the last couple of years and Chelsea legend Pat Nevin has offered three of them the highest praise possible, suggesting they can emulate the famous trio of Drogba, Lampard and Terry.

"At Stamford Bridge we know the importance of a good core to a team; Terry, Lampard and Drogba were not too bad for that, were they?," Nevin told Chelsea's official website.

Chelsea's Ivorian striker Didier Drogba

"It is not a case of comparing those three at the weekend with the aforementioned club legends, that would be grossly unfair, but in that Alvaro [Morata] is 25, N’Golo [Kante] is 26, both coming into their primes, and Andreas [Christensen] at 21 has over a decade at the top in front of him, there is the possibility this could be the start of something special and something very long-term as well."

"Three United centre-backs working together couldn’t get close to dealing with Morata. The skill, the power, the pace and the vision were from somewhere well above the very top drawer.


"If you look at the core of the team it was all rather exceptional. N’Golo Kante obviously made a huge difference with no perceptible change in his levels of fitness, tackling quality or general ability after a month long lay-off. It adds to the theory he may in fact not be altogether built like the rest of us human beings.

"The other part of that core which must be applauded right away is of course Andreas Christensen. A more assured confident and mature performance you will rarely see from a 21-year-old defender. He has played well when given his opportunities already this season but this was a level above and it makes it hard to imagine Antonio Conte leaving him out any time soon if he plays to anything like that level."


Christensen appears to have displaced David Luiz in the starting XI after the Brazilian fell out with Antonio Conte.

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