This week is set to be a bit of an emotional one for Chelsea fans as two former stars of the club announced their retirement from professional football: Didier Drogba and Joe Cole.
During Didier Drogba’s time at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea became one of the most intimidating teams in the Premier League. Mentored by a then swaggering Jose Mourinho and playing alongside other Blues greats like John Terry and Frank Lampard, Drogba and Co. struck terror and fear into the opposition, combining an indomitable defence with ruthless precision up front.
In his time, Michael Essien was quite simply a behemoth in the middle of the park. Emerging from a class of hard-nosed yet classy midfielders which permeated the fabric of the English top-flight in the early 2000s, the Ghanaian played a major part in the establishment of Chelsea as a domestic powerhouse in England.
Jose Mourinho and Didier Drogba enjoyed a very amiable manager-player relationship when they worked together at Chelsea, and in a recent television show, the pair demonstrated the bond that they formed during their time at Stamford Bridge.
Manchester United and Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku has praised Chelsea legend Didier Drogba for helping him develop into the superstar player he is today.
Will we see Didier Drogba plying his trade in the EFL Championship next season? Or is it just banter?
Belgium look to be one of the emergent favourites at this summer’s World Cup as they are the only nation to have convincingly won both of their opening games.
With a former Chelsea player currently lighting up the Premier League in his second stint in England, Blues fans might want to see some positive news about some of their former goalscorers. While Mohamed Salah is steaming towards his first Golden Boot, there’s no place for him in this list of Chelsea’s top 5 Premier League goalscorers.
Fans of any club that has ever competed in the UEFA Champions League will tell you that there are no nights as good as Champions League nights. Chelsea players and fans alike have enjoyed plenty of these over the years, especially since Roman Abramovich took over at Stamford Bridge, and here are, arguably, the three very best.
Chelsea have a rich history of buying talented African players and over the years, some brilliant players from the world’s second-largest continent have pulled on the blue shirt of Chelsea Football Club. Some of them have been instrumental in winning trophies while others have failed to live up to the hype.