Ivorian Didier Drogba, the former Chelsea striker, said that he no longer recognizes the club since it was managed by the new American owner, Todd Boiley, after the departure of the former Russian owner, Roman Abramovich. Chelsea lost 2-0 to Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge yesterday, to be eliminated from the quarter-finals of the European Champions League, 0-4 on aggregate. Chelsea did not win in the last seven matches in all tournaments, lost five matches and is now ranked eleventh in the English Premier League standings.
With the end of a trophyless season approaching, Drogba, who won 12 trophies with the team during his nine seasons with Chelsea, criticized the club’s current management. Drogba said in statements to “Canal Plus” channel: “I knew this team well during the Abramovich period, but today I see it missing things, and it is difficult for me to understand the way in which the club abandoned some people.” He added, “They have to go back to the principles and values of this club. I can no longer recognize my team.”
Chelsea have spent more than 600 million euros ($745 million) buying new players since the new owners arrived in May, and two coaches have left. Most of the players from the new deals have not yet established themselves with the team, at a time when Chelsea started their confrontation with Real Madrid without a known striker.
Drogba explained: “Bringing players like Petr Cech, Andriy Shevchenko, Hernan Crespo, Michael Essien, Didier Drogba and Florent Malouda, the reason behind that was winning titles.” Seven matches remain for Chelsea in a difficult season for the team in the league championship, and it is currently led by Frank Lampard, Drogba’s former colleague.
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