How Will Drogba React?
Wednesday evening, out in Istanbul, when Chelsea takes on Galatasaray, will be a weird experience.
Now as a long standing Chelsea supporter I`ve witnessed several of my favourite players leaving and coming back to play against us, two that spring to mind being Pat Nevin (Everton0 and Kerry Dixon (Luton Town).
I`ll never forget the reception both got, especially that afforded to Kerry when Chelsea met Luton Town, at Wembley, in an FA Cup semi-final.
So Wednesday, when we see Didier Drogba amongst the opposition ranks, will be a strange experience and I wouldn`t be too surprised if there were tears in a few Chelsea supporters eyes when the great man is given the reception he deserves, at Stamford Bridge, in the return leg,
Drogba was one of those players always destined to be a legend, a status confirmed in the Allianz Arena on that memorable night.
As we get ready to face Galatasaray, with hopes of getting into the last eight of the Champions League, Jose Mourinho has spoken about meeting up with a player he brought to Stamford Bridge and a player who has a special place in the hearts of all Chelsea supporters, with Jose remarking,
"It is a strange feeling to be facing Drogba, because he is one of Chelsea`s greatest legends."
"There will be love and respect for him before the game, but there will be no favours from him or for him during the match. I have come up against him when I was at Inter, against Chelsea, and with Real Madrid, against Galatasaray, and won them."
"We know Didier - and he is no different to how he was here with me, still a great player."
Staying on the theme but returning to Pat Nevin, I remember wee-Pat scoring, for Everton, on a return to Stamford Bridge and Pat didn`t celebrate his goal one iota, simply jogging back to the centre circle. A few years later, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, did something similar when he scored for Middlesbrough, at Stamford Bridge.
I just wonder if Didier were to score whether he`ll react in the same manner!