Romelu Lukaku - the young man dubbed the next Didier Drogba.
Whilst he continues to maintain he is his own man, that he is not 'the next' anyone, you can't help but draw comparisons.
Arguably his first major final and Lukaku harbours the guilt of losing the Super Cup final against Bayern Munich.
A very similar experience to that which Drogba suffered in the 2008 Champions League final against Manchester United. Sent off in extra time preventing him from taking a penalty, which you could argue ultimately lost Chelsea the final and the opportunity to become the first London club to win the trophy with big ears.
Drogba whilst not 'young' at that point in time was still relatively inexperienced in the big matches despite winning the FA Cup in 2006/07. He made a mistake that had huge implications. There is no doubt it was difficult to deal with, but in 2011/2012 Drogba got his second chance, he scored the equaliser in the 88th minute of the Champions League final, incidentally also against Bayern Munich, and went on to take the final and decisive penalty.
Drogba was given this second chance, took it, and delivered the trophy that the owner Roman Abramovich has craved since he bought the club.
Drogba became a Chelsea legend and will remain as one of the greatest to ever wear the blue jersey of Chelsea F.C.
Whilst he may not want to be considered the next Drogba, Lukaku should take note of the experiences Drogba had, costly mistakes were made, but ultimately paled into insignificance when compared to his achievements. Lukaku has the ability and the mental strength to repeat this, and possibly be even more successful than Drogba as he has time on his side.
People have questioned Jose Mourinho's decision to let the youngster take the final penalty. Was he too young? Was there too much pressure on him? Perhaps. But at the end of the day Lukaku will have taken a great deal away from Fridays experience and if he is given the appropriate support and continues to believe in himself, it may just be one of the most important experiences for him in his development as a potential superstar.
Next time he can come back better prepared, more focused, with the understanding and knowledge of how getting it wrong feels.
He isn't the next Drogba, he is Romelu Lukaku, but he would do well to look at Drogba's experience and use it as motivation to be better than the man he considers his idol.
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