Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba said, “I don’t recognize my club” after their embarrassing loss against Real Madrid in the Champions League.
Didier Drogba expressed his dissatisfaction with the decisions made by Chelsea’s co-owner Todd Boehly since he took over the club from Roman Abramovich.
The iconic former striker criticized Chelsea’s co-owner Todd Boehly for his decision-making since taking over the club from Roman Abramovich. Drogba believes that Chelsea’s identity has changed for the worse under Boehly’s ownership, as he has focused too much on young players and built a squad that is too large.
“I don’t recognize my club,” Drogba told Canal+. “It’s no longer the same club. There is a new owner and a new vision. Of course, we try to compare it with what happened during the [Roman] Abramovich era, where a lot of players were brought in, but the decisions were very intelligent.
“Bringing in players like Petr Cech, Andriy Shevchenko, Herman Crespo, Michael Essien, Didier Drogba, Florent Malouda, and I go on. It was done to win titles. They are players with a certain experience. The strategy is now different; we bet on young players. But a dressing room of over 30 players is difficult [to manage] for a manager.”
Drogba admits Chelsea lacks leaders
Drogba added that the Blues “lack charismatic leaders” who can handle difficult stretches and guide team-mates in the right direction.
“You need players that take on the game, that assume their responsibilities,” he explained. “You need a player that brings a bit of madness to the stadium.”
The performance of Todd Boehly has been a topic of discussion during the disastrous 2022-23 season for Chelsea. However, there is disagreement about the reasons behind his inability to make a positive impact.
Chelsea’s elimination from the Champions League at the hands of Real Madrid in the quarter-finals means they have nothing left to compete for this season except their dignity.