The Champions League draw brought together Chelsea and Galatasaray. This match will be interesting because of the comeback of “King Drogba” to Stamford Bridge, who is now playing for Galatasaray. Drogba was very happy to see the draw, and said that he is the only player who will play both games “at home”:
“I am so happy for returning to Stamford Bridge. I hope that will be great match, a match to remember. I will certainly remember it. Probably I’m the only footballer who will play two matches at home.”
Chelsea would be pleased with draw too, they are strong favorites in this one, and they’ll get the opportunity to greet their legend.
Blues Manager, Jose Mourniho, has insisted his team players to accept the pressure of league title race in a positive way while giving examples of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Didier Drogba.
The former Inter striker was a part of the Seria A triumph in 2008 who reacted effectively under pressure whereas Didier Drogba helped Mourinho’s Chelsea securing two premier league titles.
The former Real Madrid manager further explained, “I like to put pressure on them,” he said.
“But you have to analyze the players you are working with. I always give Didier [Drogba] as an example – when I put real pressure on him, the animal was always coming from the dark.”
“[Zlatan] Ibrahimovic at Inter, exactly the same. When I put real pressure on him, I knew that the answer was coming. It depends on the players’ profiles. Some react in a very good way. Some don’t.”
Chelsea sits second in the Premier League table four points behind Arsenal .
John Terry will remain as Chelsea captain confirms incoming coach Jose Mourinho. The move signals the restoration of the ‘old guard’ which served the former Madrid manager so well in his first spell. But is this is a step in the wrong direction?
One Step Forward and Two Back…
Chelsea have spent the last four seasons putting the building blocks in place for a solid manageable future. Mourinho was hugely successful in his first spell at the club but has a reputation for short term thinking and big spending. His first stint as manager saw the arrival of highly pricy stars such as Drogba, Essien, Cole and Robben.
There was little focus on developing younger talent into the first team squad and already there are suggestions of players such as Brazilian star Hulk being added to the pool. So will Jose’s strategy change or are Chelsea going to be left with another rebuilding process when he moves on once again?
Change of Stance?
Sources close to the club have hinted at a return for on loan Romelu Lukaku, signed with the future in mind, he spent a very successful season at West Brom. It demonstrates that a focus on youth may be part of the new regime.
Only time will tell, but the early signs are more of big spending, entertaining press conferences and domestic success.
Dressing room chemistry is also an issue, the power base of senior players at Chelsea have long held the ability to control. The return of Mourinho could cause dressing room divisions once again and result in the loss of quality players in the long term.
The former Chelsea front man has just purchased a stake in a gold mine reported to be worth £1 Billion.
The lty mine is an open pit operation in the Galatasaray strikers homeland of the Ivory Coast located near the border with Liberia some 700 kilometers from the capital Abidjan, and has produced 800,000 ounces of gold since it was opened in 1991.
The former Chelsea player is a national hero at home famous not only for football, but for all the humanitarian work that he does including the effort he has put into uniting the rebel north, and government supporting south following over a decade of civil unrest and a brief war that ended the conflict in 2011.
Currently the mine is a joint venture between the government owned mining company Sodemi, and its Canadian partners La Mancha. Sodemi have agreed to sell a further 14% stake in the mine to La Mancha which takes the Canadian company’s ownership to 55% of which they are selling 5% of their stake to Drogba essentially making the mine 50% Ivorian, and 50% Canadian owned.
It is thought that by getting such a well-known figure involved it would help to rejuvenate and industry that has not seen a great deal of investment for years as the government concentrated on the agricultural sector making the ivory Coast the world’s largest cocoa grower.
We all know that these top footballers love their fast cars and bling, but having your own gold mine to brag about is pretty cool!