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The manager of the Ivory Coast national football team, Sabri Lamouchi, doesn’t think that his team is lucky to be facing a relatively weaker opponent like Senegal in the World Cup qualifying play offs.
In the first leg of the play off which was played in Abidjan, Ivory Coast had secured a comfortable victory. They had won by a profound margin of 3-1 and now, their chances of making it to the finals are looking really good.
After that match, some people had said that Ivory Coast was a bit lucky to get an opposing team like Senegal in the play offs. But, Lamouchi doesn’t agree with those people.
According to the Ivory Coast boss, Senegal is a team which plays in an unorthodox fashion and to handle them can be difficult at times.
Lamouchi said, “I would have preferred another opponent to be honest. It’s not easy to handle a team like Senegal. Their style is a bit unconventional.”
Although Ivory Coast won by a convincing margin in that first leg, but, the margin of their win could have been bigger if they had capitalized on each and every opportunity that they got. A lot of Ivorian fans were unhappy because of those lost opportunities.
When asked about that, Lamouchi said, “I can understand the feelings of the fans and I also admit that we could have played a little bit better especially towards the end. It would have been great if we had not conceded that one goal late in the game, but, the thing is that we got the result that we were looking for and we should be happy with that.”
The return leg of the play off between Senegal and Ivory Coast will take place on Monday at Casablanca.
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Ivory Coast international Didier Drogba is regarded as one of the best strikers to have played for Chelsea, while he is also thought of as one of the finest African players to have graced the Premier league. He is the first African to have scored more than 100 goals in the Premier league. He is also the highest scorer for the club in the Champions league as well. Drogba is currently with Galatasaray after leaving Shanghai Shenhua after just six months. The striker has not been a Chelsea player since 2012, but he has said he will always remain as a Chelsea fan.
The striker was recently seen playing at the Emirates stadium, which is one of his favourite stomping grounds as it involved playing against Arsenal. Drogba scored 14 goals during his time at Chelsea against Arsenal alone, which is the highest he has against an individual club. He helped Galatasaray get a 1-0 win over Porto that will see them through into the final of the Emirates cup. Galatasaray will be facing Arsenal in the final of the competition and Drogba is once again a favourite to score in this encounter. He expects Chelsea to win the title despite a long and hard season last time around.
“Everyone knows what I think about him, especially as he is now back at Chelsea. It is a big challenge for him but he has some amazing players and they can win the title. Chelsea beat Manchester United last season and had a long season, but this season is going to be different and I think they will do well,” the striker, who knows all about winning league titles with Chelsea. During his time at the club, he won three Premier league titles and one Champions league title amongst a whole host of other trophies.
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After being dropped from the recent international matches, there has been a lot of speculation about the future of Didier Drogba at the international level. The 34-year-old striker is coming to the end of his stellar career and it has been rumoured that he may be switching his focus to club football. Further, the Ivory Coast national team has been unable to get any kind of success even with Drogba under its belt. After the failure at the recent African cup of nations, it was widely rumoured that it may be the last major tournament for Drogba at international level.
The rumours were confirmed when Ivory Coast manager Sabri Lamouchi dropped him from the first team over the last few important matches. However, he has now said that Drogba remains an integral part of the first team and he was dropped only due to lack of fitness. Drogba has been playing for the Turkish club Galatasaray after ending his Chinese adventure after just a few months. He is playing in the Champions League, which will also boost the chances of returning to the national team. Drogba managed to win the league title with Galatasaray in his first season in Turkish football.
The 35-year-old last played for his country back in February, while he has missed out on crucial World Cup qualifying matches.
“I don’t have a problem with him. Quite the contrary. Of course he’s someone on whom I count, he knows that. I would be mad not to take advantage of the player and man he is. I knew the player, but the man is a gentleman and a great professional. He brings a lot to the national team, to the country and Africa in general. We’ll see him again in a national team shirt, no problem,” said Lamouchi.
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