Didier Drogba, a former Chelsea striker, has criticised the club’s new owners following a dismal season described as their worst in the last 20 years.
Drogba had no choice but to deliver a statement in which he likened Chelsea’s former owner, Roman Abramovich, to the current owners, led by Todd Boehly.
The 45-year-old former Ivory Coast icon, who played for Chelsea from 2004 to 2012 and then again from 2014 to 2015, believes the club’s “certain class” under Abramovich is currently lacking under Boehly.
This came after Real Madrid defeated Chelsea both at home and away to eliminate the Premier League club from the Champions League in the quarter-final stage 4-0 on aggregate.
Their departure from the Champions League, the only competition they had a chance to win this season, underlined the club’s state. Chelsea are currently in 11th place in the Premier League table, 12 points above the relegation zone.
Chelsea has used three managers so far this season, and the club’s new owners have spent nearly £600 million on new players, but the West London team appears to be growing worse.
Didier Drogba believes the style of recruitment and the level of persons the new owners have removed from the club’s board have contributed to the club’s dismal status.
“I knew this club with a certain class during the Abramovich era, but today I find it lacking,” Didier Drogba stated. It’s difficult for me to understand how they got rid of certain people.
“They should return to their original principles and values.”
“I’m not familiar with my club.” The club is no longer the same; there is a new owner and a new concept.
“Of course, we compare it to what happened during the (Roman) Abramovich era, when many players were brought in, but the decisions were very wise.”
“Inviting Petr Cech, Andriy Shevchenko, Hernan Crespo, Micheal Essien, Didier Drogba, Florent Malouda, and others.” It was done to win championships.
“They are players with a certain experience.” The plan has changed; we are now betting on young players. However, managing a dressing room of more than 30 players is challenging.
“They lack charismatic leaders.” You need players who commit to the game and accept their obligations. You need a player who can bring some craziness to the stadium.”
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