Manchester United suffered yet another devastating defeat from the hands of their fierce rival Chelsea after a thrilling match at the Stanford Bridge Stadium which saw, Ivorian star, Didier Drogba produce some of the finest play against the champions. The Chelsea killer-striker is currently the most feared forward in the Premier League this season.
Before the match, Carlos Ancelotti, manager of Chelsea FC had said he had faith in the Ivorian and had praised his powerful physical strength and his ability to score goals. “Defenders cannot stop him because he has so much strength. On more than one occasion this season, we have seen Didier emerge as the player who can change a game and this is why I believe he will be one of the big players for us in the months ahead,” said the manager.
The Italian boss continued: “Drogba is already one of the top forwards in the world. You look at Zlatan ibrahimovic, Samuel Eto’o and Fernando Torres but Drogba as the best in the game. I would also say Didier is the most complete striker I have had the chance to work with.”
Drogba, whose partnership with Nicolas Anelka was first questioned last season, has no trouble pairing with his French colleague and both have continually scored awesome goals. Even though, Chelsea’s captain, John Terry netted the only goal in the rival game against Manchester United, Drogba’s presence has always shaken Sir Alex Fergusson’s side. The United manager knew of the damage Drogba could cause at any point in time and he is the only one the Scot man feared the most from the Chelsea side. In fact, he was once quoted as saying,”I kept saying: Will somebody please shoot Didier Drogba?”
But it appears no one is capable of shooting the Chelsea hardman down at any moment in time. Just 24hours before yesterday’s match, John Terry, Chelsea’s skipper warned Manchester United that Didier was ready to shoot them down. “He’s certainly proving his worth now Manchester United will have their work cut out to contain him in the form he’s in right now. He’s on fire,” he said. The Chelsea skipper said that though it’s been three years now since they had the Premier League title, he believes the West African will help them reach glory this season.
Drogba has his criticisms though: for frequently diving with a slight tackle and especially his infamous rant against the referee at the controversial champions league game against Barcelona last season. “Drogba has made a reputation for throwing himself on the floor at the slightest physical contact. But he really doesn’t need to do that because he is such a terrific player.
“Have you seen the sheer size and strength of this man? He is terrifying. He can rattle even the toughest centre-half,” said Denis Law, former Manchester United legend and football pundit.
John Terry, however, quickly defended his colleague: “People were quick to criticise him but for me, you see him in the dressing room and in training and you see him motivating players and himself. Since the pre-season, I stressed how important was Didier to this football club.”
His effort in yesterday’s win over United proved that the Ivorian star still poses more troubles for football teams in England and in the European championship and will be a formidable player to watch come South Africa 2010.