SNAPSHOT: What Drogba’s return means
Far from being a sop, the return of Stamford Bridge icon Didier Drogba is a strategic move.
Last term, Chelsea gathered more points against teams in the top four than any other side. In spite of this, they finished in third place behind Manchester City and Liverpool, both of whom contributed six points apiece to Chelsea’s tally.
Instead, the West London side were tripped up by teams in the middle and bottom halves of the table. Crystal Palace, West Brom, Aston Villa all took points off them, as teams elected to sit deep and hit Jose Mourinho’s men sporadically on the break.
In new signing Diego Costa, Chelsea possess a quality striker who needs space to run into. He is however not very effective against deep defences, and this is where an older Drogba comes in. The Ivorian does not have the mobility of yesteryear, but remains a powerful forward and a fearsome presence in the air.
He will very certainly be behind Costa in the pecking order, but if faced with an obdurate low-block defence, it will be Drogba winning Chelsea points this season.