Drogba gives honest assessment of current Chelsea squad

Drogba gives honest assessment of current Chelsea squad

African legend Didier Drogba said he can’t recognise Chelsea again following their exit from the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday evening.

The Blues suffered a 2-0 loss to Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge and ultimately exited the competition with a 4-0 aggregate loss.

They are currently enduring a four-game losing streak in all competitions since Frank Lamapard’s appointment and their last win dates back to March 11 – a 3-1 victory over Leicester City.

Drogba, who spent the majority of his career in London with a Champions League trophy and four Premier League titles with the Blues, asserted that Chelsea under new owner, Todd Boehly lack influential players in the squad with their ‘unintelligent’ strategy.

“I don’t recognise 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.

“You need players that take on the game, that assume their responsibilities. You need a player that brings a bit of madness to the stadium.”

Chelsea find themselves in the bottom half of the Premier League table, with 39 points from 31 matches.

They host Brentford for their next league outing on April 26.

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