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5 stories fans must read about in Didier Drogba's new autobiography 'Commitment'

  • From not knowing who John Terry was to who convinced him to stay to that night in Munich
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Modified 26 Nov 2015, 22:20 IST

Didier Drogba was a cult hero at Stamford BridgeDidier Drogba. A formidable striker who was the flag bearer for Chelsea Football Club for as long as he played for them. The zeal with which the Ivory Coast international donned the blue shirt was quite palpable when one watched him play for the club. He helped the Londoners to four Premier League titles and the club's first ever Champions League title, where he scored a blistering header to equalise in the final minutes of regulation time before scoring the winning penalty in the shootout.The Ivory Coast striker, who played his last game for Chelsea in May earlier this year, has released an autobiography Commitment which encapsulates the events in his life from the initial struggles in Paris to developing into Premier League’s most feared striker. The book sheds some light on how the fearsome striker spent his time at Chelsea and some interesting dressing room anecdotes along with the not so happy ones.Here, we take a look at five of those instances mentioned in the book which every football fan, especially the Blues fans, should be aware of.

#1 Getting to know John Terry

Drogba with the ‘tall strong guy’

Tito, as he was called by his mother, was bought by Chelsea from French club Marseille where he scored 32 goals in a single season. The Londoners paid £24 million for the Ivorian which was a club record transfer fee back then.

Born in Ivory Coast and brought up in France, Drogba had little knowledge of the English football circuit. He had no clue about the club he joined as well. During the first training session upon his arrival, the striker had no idea as to who the club’s captain was. He spotted a “tall, strong guy” whom he assumed was a reserve team player and was made to train with the first team so as to gain some experience.

However, the Ivorian was surprised to know that the very player he thought off as a fringe player, was the club’s captain, John Terry.

“I noticed a tall, strong guy who looked so young, and who walked and carried himself in such a way that I assumed he was from the reserves. ‘That's interesting,’ I thought. ‘They've obviously brought him over to get a bit of senior squad experience.’

“Towards the end of the session I asked another player who the young guy was. ‘It's the captain!’ he replied, laughing. ‘John Terry.’

“That's how little I know about the team – I hadn't even recognised their new young captain.” 

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Published 26 Nov 2015, 16:46 IST
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