If you didn’t already know, Didier Drogba is kind of a big deal at Chelsea FC. The Ivorian striker played for the Blues for eight trophy-filled years and enjoyed the best moments of his career with the London club. After leaving Chelsea with his last kick being the game winning penalty in the 2012 Champions League final, Drogba is all set to return to Stamford Bridge but for the first time as an opponent. The first match of the tie between Chelsea and Galatasaray was clearly emotional for Drogba and his old teammates as they embraced before and after the match, but nothing will compare to the return of the king to his old stomping grounds.
Drogba on returning to Stamford Bridge:
“It is the club where I experienced everything, I experienced the highest level, big games – it allowed me to get closer to the best players in the world. It is a very special moment because I do not know what my reaction will be. I am quite apprehensive about it. I think I’m allowed to say that I will receive a warm welcome because I know Chelsea’s fans and our relationship is really special. It will be great to see them again. I am looking forward to it.”
Champions League ties are usually tense and emotional affairs, particularly the second legs, but this will be a new level for the supporters at Stamford Bridge. They will be cheering their hearts out for their Blues but will also give their former hero a welcome he deserves. The ideal scenario for Chelsea supporters would be for the Blues to win comfortably but for Drogba to score a consolation goal or two. Even if he does not register on the score sheet, the adulation and love poured in his direction will come in droves. We love you Didier, just try not to score against us.
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