Didier Drogba: “This can’t be Chelsea. This is not my club. I don’t recognise this club” 

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Didier Drogba, one of the most legendary Chelsea strikers of all time has stated that in comparison to his time at Stamford Bridge, he no longer “recognises the club.”

Under the previous owner Roman Abramovich, who took over the Blues in 2003 and provided them with significant financial support, Drogba won 12 major awards between 2004 and 2012.

56-year-old Abramovich was pressured last year to sell the club after receiving a warning from the UK government for allegedly having ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“The club has changed,” said 45-year-old Didier Drogba. “This can’t be my club. Both the owner, the players and the club’s vision have changed. Compared to my era – the Abramovich period, when there were several player signings but the decisions were quite wise, currently it’s a completely different situation.

With players like Petr Cech, Andriy Shevchenko, Hernan Crespo, Michael Essien, myself, and Florent Malouda, the aim was to win championships, and these players had amazing former history and achievements. These days, they use a different tactic and gamble on their chances with young players. They definitely lack dynamic players and leaders, in my opinion. Players who accept responsibility are necessary.”, added Drogba. 

After losing to Real Madrid in the Champions League, Chelsea, which is now in 11th place in the Premier League standings, will surely now finish the year without a title.

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