Today is the big day and Habib Beye has talked about his old friend Didier Drogba of Chelsea, whom he played with at Marseilles.
Habib Beye – anxious to keep old pal Drogba contained
Habib told the Newcastle Journal this morning:
â€œWe played together for one year at Marseilles and we reached the UEFA Cup final and had good times together,â€ â€œHe is a big player, one of the best in the world.â€
â€œWe can be friends, but not during the game. I havenâ€™t spoken to him yet. If I call him he will want to joke with me, but I donâ€™t want to joke with him. Why not? Because I know him well. He will want to say how if I come on his side he will be able to do everything.â€
â€œI played against him for Senegal when we played against the Ivory Coast. He played down my side and he did nothing, but this is different, I donâ€™t want to say anything that might make him angry in case he has the game of his life.â€
â€œDo I have any advice on how to deal with him? Give him a friendly kick or step on his feet, especially if it is cold. Maybe in the 95th minute I will kick him.â€
Drogbaâ€™s big criticism of course with his play, is that he goes down far too easily. Breathe on him and heâ€™s writhing on the floor in agony, and that seems a just criticism of the player, although thereâ€™s no doubt the man is world class, as he proved so decisively against Liverpool on Wednesday night.
But Beye believes some of that criticism is unjust, as he continued:
â€œThe criticism of him is unfair,â€ â€œBut look how many goals he has scored, more than 30? I donâ€™t know how many, but he is still one of the best in the world. He is strong, quick and sometimes people say he is diving.â€
â€œSometimes it is the game for the strikers to do this. If you play against a strong defender, it is part of the game. You canâ€™t say he does this all the time, but sometimes. He was the same at Marseille.â€
â€œWe went to the UEFA Cup final because he was on fire. The best striker in France. He hasnâ€™t changed his style, but it is different in England because there are some strong defenders and he has to adapt.â€
The great Senegal defender, who has a had a great first season on Tyneside thinks Manchester United have been the best side in English football this season and they will be champions if Newcastle end up beating Chelsea this afternoon.
â€œFor me, United are so strong. Just look at their bench. It is unbelievable. They can play without Ronaldo, Nani, Carrick, Tevez, Rooney and they still win.â€
â€œChelsea are strong but I canâ€™t see United slipping up because Chelsea will lose at St Jamesâ€™s Park. Manchester United will win it because we will beat Chelsea.â€
Newcastle can have a massive impact on the title chase today, if they can actually best Chelsea. It’s very possible that can happen, but the lads will have to be at their very best to do it.