Papiss Cisse has talked today about his hero, Didier Drogba of Chelsea, and how important the Olympic games are for him this summer.
Didier Drogba - after scoring against Bayern Munich
Drogba has probably played his last game fort Chelsea - and what a way to end his career at the London club.
Chelsea looked dead and buried after Thomas Muller had put Bayern Munich ahead after 83 minutes, after the German club had dominated the game for long periods on their home pitch.
But nobody told Drogba the game was over, and after 88 minutes, from Chelsea’s very first corner of the game, the Ivorian headed the ball into the net brilliantly past a dazed Manuel Neuer, as the speed of the header beat the German International goalkeeper.
Newcastle number 9 Papiss Cisse has told Senegal TV that Didier is his favorite player:
“Didier Drogba is my hero, he is the best striker in the world and he told me during the Chelsea match as he went off injured that every shot I take ends up in the back of the net. I spoke to him after the match. He is a really humble and great guy.”
“The Olympics is a very important competition, look at players like Ryan Giggs and David Beckham who have achieved such great things in their careers and want to win it.” “My concern is that I might take the place of a young player in the team.”
“I think that this would be hard, like if I was being replaced in the World Cup Squad. I think that the emphasis should be on young player enjoying the competition.”
“But if the management team want me to play I will be proud to do so”.
It’s fitting that Drogba is Cisse’s hero, because the Ivorian has been one of the world’s top strikers for the last 10 years.
And he scored both goals in Newcastle’s 2-0 loss at Marseilles back in May of 2004, in the second leg of the semi-final of the Europa League, when Bobby Robson was Newcastle’s manager, after the Magpies had drawn the first leg 0-0 at home, in front of 52,000 fans – a sell-out.
And the Ivory Coast striker seems completely different off the field than he is on it.
The word on Drogba is that’s he’s very modest and humble as a person, but you wouldn’t believe it the way he goes down all the time on the pitch, and often stops the game to have treatment for what looks to be minor knocks at best.
Is he trying to get more TV exposure?
But it’s a wonderful way to end his Chelsea career to head in the equalizer and then score the winning penalty to earn Chelsea their very first Champions League success.
They had a chance to win the European title against Manchester United back in 2008, when captain John Terry failed to score his penalty in the shoot-out, which would have won it for the London club.
And after their worst season in the Premier League for many a season, and the worst position since Roman Abramovich took over, they go on to win the Champions League.
You couldn’t make this stuff up, and don’t expect Roberto di Matteo to get the job full time, we think the Russian owner will tempt former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola back from his break in the summer with a bumper deal.