This weekend Chelsea play Bayern Munchen in the European Champions League final. One player whose contribution is likely to be decisive is the Ivorian Didier Drogba. Cup finals always end in triumph or disaster, and Drogba has made a habit of exaggerating those extremes, either scoring the winner or else missing a penalty or getting himself disastrously sent off. Above is a clip of Drogba doing the rounds of English chat shows.
This one was before the FA Cup final, a game in which Drogba scored the winner and became the first player to score in four FA Cup finals, his eighth goal in as many appearances at the New Wembley Stadium. The host, Graham Norton, is clearly clueless about Drogba’s cultural impact and overstates Drogba’s political impact (“You ended a civil war!” Norton simpers, to which Drogba sort of shrugs).
There’s also an annoying guest (stand-up comic Simon Amstell) at the end of the couch who is trying lamely to goad Drogba. The best moments comes from about the 5.40 mark when Drogba is told: “You say football is a religion. You’re a god.” And then he does some moves from Drogbacite.
Drogba’s intention to stay at Chelsea beyond this season is clear, but there have been suggestions that he could be moved on as Chelsea look to rebuild their squad with a fresh generation of players. If Saturday really is his last match in a Chelsea shirt, don’t be at all surprised to see him scoring the winner. He’s a big game player, provided he leaves the flip-flops at home.
* Elliot Ross contributed to this post.