Fairy Tale Over: Is This The End of The Legend?
The 24 Million pounds purchase from Olympique Marseille, who was the embodiment of everything that Jose Mourinho stood for: hard work, tenacity and the brute determination to win was in tatters at Loftus Road.
On his day, Drogba was unplayable, not everyone beats Cristiano Ronaldo to the Premier League golden shoe, and he scored with his left foot, his right foot and spectacularly with his head too. He has scored with some fancy flicks, long shots, placing the ball, simple tap ins and penalties. A manager could hardly wish for more.
What we assumed to be his last playing moment for Chelsea was that winning penalty in Bavaria. However, the homecoming of Jose Mourinho to the club gave the Ivorian the long awaited return to the stadium in which his name became a legend for the ages.
Drogba looks set to receive his fourth Premier League winners medal, third under Mourinho. Despite that, it would be very fair to say that he has been the most inefficient player in the squad (bar Cuadrado perhaps). Three goals in 24 league appearances is a return expected from possibly an academy graduate, not a seasoned veteran.
While the likes of Totti and Antonio Di Natale have been like wine, getting better with age, Drogba’s feet seem to be buckling with age. His performances have been sub-par with most of his input being holding on to goal kicks and long balls. His link up play has been poor with him seeing the pass he is supposed to make but being unable to execute it. With his header against Manchester United being the only goal that gave us a league point in the league, maybe it is time for the legend to hang up his boots and start working on his coaching badges.
In our last match against QPR, he had a 43% pass accuracy and no shot on target. No one can deny that Drogba is one of the football’s greats, but his body just seems to have waned over time.
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Edited By: Ojas