Upon leaving Chelsea for the second time in his career, Didier Drogba has voiced his wish that understudy goalkeeper Petr Cech remains at Stamford Bridge to fight for a place in the team, as opposed to following the Ivorian down the road as is widely expected.
The veteran Blues legend said of the Czech stopper:
“If he wants to stay, he can stay. I think he is more than welcome here, if he wants to go it’s his choice as well. It’s up to him. But we want him to stay!”
After choosing to quit the club in search of first team football, suggesting Cech, who has absolutely no hope of displacing Thibaut Courtois from the first-team for as long as the Belgian is fit, should be content with his spot on the bench ranks as somewhat audacious.
Across his Chelsea career, the 37-year-old built an extensive portfolio in acts of audacity, with this probably the last addition he’ll enter, as a player at least.
As a homage to the African totem, we’ve picked out the most galling moments from the oft-outrageous Drogba and filed them neatly for your perusal.
There seems no more logical place to start than with the poorly executed ‘king’s chair’ exit Drogba received from his teammates after being substituted in the 30th-minute with his side 1-0 down to Sunderland.
As stated above, it followed the announcement he is choosing to leave the club for the second time this decade with a lack of game time during stint number two the chief reason, despite it being made abundantly clear at the start of the season that he would be playing a supporting role to Diego Costa during part B of his Stamford Bridge stint.
The difference with this departure is that it came with the accompanying revelation that he wants to come back to coach the club one day, meaning either a berth on the staff will have to be made for him, or someone will have to be fired.
It strikes as a very reasonable statement for a man with no coaching experience, expertise or known qualifications to make.
A Premier League classic here – the Ivorian’s bizarre kerfuffle with Jens Lehmann was sparked by suggestions of simulation from the Chelsea hero.
Both six-foot-plus bruisers then duly confirmed just how easy it is to floor a rival in hand-to-hand combat.
Here goes old Drogba, flying off the handle at the questionable refereeing decisions of Tom Henning Ovrebo during the Champions League semi-final draw with Barcelona that led to Chelsea being eliminated.
A reasonable reaction to a couple of denied penalty claims if ever there was one.
After forging a reputation as something of a diver during his trophy-laden time with the capital club, it wouldn’t be right not to include his most ludicrous attempt to get an opponent in hot water.
Despite needing 27 stitches and emergency dental surgery for four broken teeth, the referee didn’t think Drogba’s Napoli assailant actually touched him at all.