Didier Drogba is having a phenomenal year. If this was the USA, there would already been an investigation into whether he was taking steroids. It is not just politics and the morons that run our present government that need to be investigated, the rot has permeated to almost everything, including sports. The USA is going through a crisis in confidence in all their sports at present. Floyd Landis, Barry Bonds, Marion Jones, and Justin Gatlin. Is there anyone left untainted? Are we left with any heroes at all? We now have to look overseas to find one.
I have been critical of Drogba considering him as a diver and a cheat along with the fact that he is probably the best striker in football at present. This year has brought out his best. Whether it is the presence of Andrei Shevchenko breathing down his neck, or Salomon Kalou who might steal his thunder in the last 10 minutes of a game, one thing is certain, if it were not for Didier Drogba, Chelsea would have been muddling along.
Didier Drogba scored the winning goal after being set up by Ashley Cole in the first encounter between Barca and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, October 18th. Two weeks later in the return match at Camp Nou he scores the equalizer off John Terry in injury time. In between he pulverizes Blackburn, Liverpool, Charlton Athletic, Aston Villa, and scores a hat trick against Levski Sofia, in the European league. In all he has scored 10 goals. How does 40+ goals in a season sound? An exclamation point to a third Premiership, and possibly Chelsea's first European championship!!! All because of one player?? It is not just the Blackburn players that he dragged along (Andre Ooijer in his most forgettable debut), while scoring a goal, an indication of his physical prowess, but Drogba has been dragging along Shevchenko, Ballack, and Kalou, all the way to the finish line.
It is not easy to go to Camp Nou with its thousands of fans (~ 100,000), with the likes of Ronaldinho, Lionel Messi, Deco, Zambrotta, Puyol, and Marquez, and come away with a draw. You expect to be slaughtered. Drogba again proved to be the difference.