Chelsea veteran Didier Drogba has revealed that the words Jose Mourinho said to the team at half-time during last night’s tricky fixture away at Leicester City inspired them to come out a different side in the second-half.
The Blues went 1-0 down after a surprise strike by Marc Albrighton, and ended up heading into the interval staring down the barrel of a loss that could have halted their momentum. However, as captain John Terry confirmed earlier today, Mourinho wasn’t about to let that happen and made sure he offered his own interpretation of the famous Sir Alex Ferguson ‘hairdryer treatment’.
The result was that Chelsea returned for the second-half looking substantially more switched on and their reward was a quick equaliser from Drogba himself. Terry then put the Blues ahead before Branislav Ivanovic put matters to bed, but the players are sure to accept that Leicester ran them far closer than they might have been expecting.
As Drogba has revealed, according to BT Sport, The Special One delivered some home truths in order to get his side up and running.
"A lot of things (were said), a few things you don't want to hear but a few things which were very good for us to hear," he said.
"You could see in the second half there was a change, a reaction, and that was the goal of the speech, to create a reaction.
"It's important to show the way and show reactions and I'm really happy I managed to do it.
"The game didn't look good in the first half, the way we played and started. We are really happy with three good goals, we played very well in the second half."
Yet having accumulated another three points, and subsequently extended their lead at the top of the table to 13 points awaiting Arsenal’s game in hand, Chelsea look nailed on favourites for the Premier League title. In fact Mourinho’s men can clinch English football’s biggest prize this weekend when they welcome Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace to Stamford Bridge.
To win the Premier League again in his first season back with the Blues would be a dream come true for Drogba, whose famous penalty kick allowed them to lift the Champions League trophy for the first time in their history back in 2012.
However question marks remain over his own future, and it could well transpire that he bows out on a high once again come the summer. Mourinho confirmed this week that Drogba’s future wouldn’t be settled by his decision, and instead will come down to whether or not Roman Abramovich wants to keep him again.
The Ivory Coast international has proved himself useful as a backup striker but at 37 his time at the highest level is running out, and Abramovich might prefer to offer someone younger - perhaps Patrick Bamford - a chance.
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