Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has shocked many with his impressive start to the Premier League season. The former Real Madrid striker was thought too team oriented and non-physical to handle the task of fighting off Premier League defenders and scoring goals.
Morata has been netting the goals, using his head and then his legs. There were fears that losing Diego Costa could hamper Antonio Conte and his team as they defend the title they won months back. However, this has not so as Morata has adjusted quickly to the demands of the new role.
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Former Chelsea and Ivory Coast forward Didier Drogba thinks that Chelsea will bounce back from their defeat against Burnley.
He believes that the red card has destabilized the team and that is the main reason why they were beaten in their first league game.
Didier Drogba believes that Conte is the right man for the job and that there is no doubt that he will be building a side that will allow them to retain their title.
He said that the arrival of Morata has brought a new impetus to the Chelsea attack and that they will be more potent on counter-attacks.
Didier Drogba said that Chelsea has shown signs of improvement in the second-half and that if there were more time left they would have salvaged a draw in this game. He believes that it is still too early in the season to judge them and that you will have to wait before writing Chelsea off for the title. Continue reading Drogba believes Chelsea will bounce back
The 2016/17 France League 1 first runner-up, Paris Saint-Germain may lose the services of the Ivory Coast international, Serge Aurier, as the 24-year old defender is reportedly looking to leave the French giants.
The French right-back has been a top performer at Paris Saint-Germainsince joining them in 2014, though a dip in playing time last season and previous controversies with the former manager Laurent Blanc who last won the League with them, have somewhat affected the relationship between Aurier and the club.
The former Toulouse player, Aurier still has a deal with his side until 2019, but according to France Football he is keen on exitingso as to try a fresh start and turn a new leaf somewhere else.
He has been linked with a move to the England giants, Manchester United and manager Jose Mourinho is said to be a fan of the defender.
Although, one of the Manchester United’s transfer priorities this European summer is to sign a striker as the replacement of the exiting Sweden man and former Paris Saint-Germain star, ZlatanIbrahimovic, putting all other potential moves on the back burner. Continue reading AURIER IS CLOSE TO PARIS SAINT-GERMAN EXIT
Jamie Redknapp has hailed Manchester United star Ander Herrera following his impressive run this season.
He opines that the player could be Coach Jose Mourinho’s latest “master of the dark arts” like Didier Drogba at Chelsea and Portuguese star Pepe at Real Madrid.
Herrera was voted the club’s Player of the Year for his performances in the 31 league games he played. His combative defending style and strong attacking play has been commended.
However, Redknapp in his post on Daily Mail has drawn notice to Herrera’s downsides this season. Herrera has the third most fouls at 47 this season at Man United. He picked up five yellow cards this campaign. Redknapp opines that:
“Throughout his career, Jose Mourinho has had players who are masters of the dark arts such as Didier Drogba at Chelsea and Pepe at Real Madrid. Now we’re seeing similar trouble-making from Herrera – whether it’s diving, provoking players or trying to get an opponent sent off.” Continue reading REDKNAPP HAILS MAN UNITED STAR HERRERA
Didier Drogba has become the first player-owner in football after deciding to take join Phoenix Rising.
Apart from joining the club as a striker, the former Chelsea star will also be taking up ownership of the club, which is planning to enter into the MLS. At 39 years of age, it was widely expected that the striker would be retiring from the game. He has not played since the exit from Montreal Impact back in November. Drogba has been linked with a coaching role at Chelsea, although he remained silent on his plans for the future.
The striker will now be joining hands with his former Chelsea teammate, Shaun Wright Phillips. Drogba says that he did receive offers from several clubs across the world, including those from the Chinese Super League. However, this was the only option that presented him with a way to stay in the game after the end of his playing career. Continue reading Didier Drogba Returns to Football as Player-Owner with Phoenix Rising
Chelsea legend Didier Drogba’s move to Australia has failed, according to reports.
The player was set to move to South Melbourne to experience football on another continent, having previously played in France, England, China, and America.
The move had to be cancelled as the club were yet to finalize their plans of joining the A-League as the required paperwork from the Football Federation Australia was not yet done. Hence, South Melbourne would not be able to compete in the top football league until 2018/19. This reportedly made the former Ivory Coast skipper cancel the deal despite being clubless since his exit from Montreal Impact in the Major League Soccer late last year.
The 38-year old still wants football action for a while before he retires professionally and seems to be on the hunt for a new experience despite being well travelled as a football player.
“We were pretty close. Terms were agreed, but where we had difficulty was with keeping him interested during the period in which we could not play in the A-League, assuming we are successful in our bid. he bid process is unclear because FFA have not released the criteria for entry,” the club’s advisory board chair Bill Papastergiadis said about the deal. Continue reading DROGBA AUSTRALIA MOVE FAILS
Barcelona legend Carles Puyol has named the best XI players he faced as a professional football player.
The ex-Spain international included Premier League legend Didier Drogba, and Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero. Notably missing from the list is Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo.
The 38-year old retired player won three UEFA Champions League titles, six La Liga titles amongst others whilst in action for Barcelona. On the international scene, he earned 100 caps for Spain, and lifted the Euro 2008 and 2010 World Cup.
The former player told The Times his best XI. He mentioned Gianluigi Buffon as his best goalkeeper. Then he picked former Inter Milan right back Javier Zanetti, AC Milan legend Alessandro Nesta, Paolo Maldini and Brazilian left back Roberto Carlos as the best defence set-up. In midfield, Puyol named Andrea Pirlo, Clarence Seedorf, and Zinedine Zidane. In front, he named Arjen Robben, Didier Drogba and Sergio Aguero.
He could not name Lionel Messi, as they were long-term teammates at Barcelona before he retired. However, back in 2011, the player made bold the proclamation that Messi was the best player in the world. He said:
“They [Messi and Ronaldo] are both great players but in my opinion Messi is the best in the world. He [Ronaldo] is one of the best. He’s a player who can make the difference and he has been scoring many goals. In my opinion, he’s the most important player in Real Madrid.”
This statement might make it surprising that he eventually did not name Ronaldo on his best XI, except he deems the three-time Ballon d’Or winner not good enough for his list. Puyol’s list mirrors beliefs that the La Liga, Serie A and Bundesliga have a certain edge over the Premier League over the years, particularly in recent seasons.
Mauro Biello has revealed that Didier Drogba did not turn up for this weekend’s home game because he was angry.
Drogba was nowhere in sight as the hosts reached the ground and the first word which came from the Montreal camp to explain the absence of the star was the ‘back niggle’.
But, the manager came up with the actual reason later as he blamed Drogba of not being a sport after he got the news of his axe from the XI.
Biello was quoted as, “Didier actually asked to be excused from the match when he came to know he was not going to be on the pitch from the first whistle of the referee.”
“He definitely had that niggle you have been told about, but, he could have carried that. It’s just due to his unwillingness to be a substitute that he opted himself out.”
As per Biello, this kind of thing can’t earn his appreciation because in his opinion, one’s job as a player is to support and cheer for his team mates as well and not only to do well for himself and be happy about himself. However, the 44-year old Canadian wants the matter to be sorted calmly and everyone to get over that.
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Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has stated that he has convinced Eric Bailly to sign for Manchester United instead of Manchester City.
Manchester United is currently managed by former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho which Drogba greatly appreciates.
Eric Bailly has revealed that he is a great friend of Didier Drogba and that the latter has suggested him to join Manchester United. He said that the former Chelsea player had told him how it is to work under Jose Mourinho and how he will develop as a player if he plays for him. Bailly said that he has chosen to play for Manchester United partly because of what Didier Drogba has told him.
Didier Drogba and Eric Bailly are both from Ivory Coast and enjoy some great friendship off the pitch. The new Manchester United player stated that Didier Drogba is a great fan of Jose Mourinho and that he is always talking about his former manager. He said that this has motivated his decision to join Manchester United.
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Former Chelsea player Didier Drogba is set to take part in the planned charity game in Turkey.
The retired Ivory Coast international confirmed his participation at the star studded Samuel Eto’o charity event. Eto’o is organizing the game along with his club side Antalyaspor as they have agreed to allow the player use the Antalya Arena for the charity game.
The former Chelsea and Barcelona player started the charity far back in 2006. The charity aims to provide basic healthcare as well as improve on social inclusion in West Africa. The player will have players from both clubs present at the event. Five time Ballon D’or winner Lionel Messi, Iniesta, Neymar, Ardan Turan and former Barca star Xavi will be available for the game.
Chelsea play maker Eden Hazard will join Chelsea legend Drogba and other football stars at the event to represent the Chelsea side. The game is set to take part on July 16, 2016.
Drogba is set to captain the Chelsea side in the encounter. Same Drogba is named among the players that will star for the Major League Soccer all stars alongside David Villa, Andrea Pirlo in the Pre season game against English Premier League side Arsenal FC. The game was decided through an online vote on the league’s website and is set for California at the end of July. The online vote was allowed fans of the league to choose their 10 favourite players to line up against the visitors. Arsenal planned two pre season games for the month as part of preparations for the forthcoming season.
New York City player Villa was not voted but earned his spot on the star studded team through an EA Sports campaign. Brazilian Kaka is also set to feature in the game against Arsenal, after the Gunners play RC Lens in France in their first pre season fixture on July 22.