Chelsea legend Didier Drogba made a dejected statement about his former club ahead of the Blues’ UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg against Real Madrid.
The Blues have been far from their usual standards this season. They are 11th in the Premier League and are winless in their last three games in all competitions before their clash with Real Madrid.
Drogba is frustrated to see the dismal run of form. The former Ivory Coast striker told Canal+ Sport ahead of the second leg at Stamford Bridge:
“I no longer recognize my club.”
Drogba is a true Chelsea legend, having made 381 appearances for the club in two spells, scoring 164 goals and providing 86 assists.
He scored the last penalty that gave the Blues victory in the 2011-12 UEFA Champions League final against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena. The triumph marked the west London-based club’s first win in the UEFA Champions League.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard outlined areas of improvement for the Real Madrid matchup.
Chelsea lost the first leg against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu by a score of 2-0. Apart from the loss, Ben Chilwell received a red card and will be suspended for the second leg as a result.
Frank Lampard’s team has an uphill task ahead of the clash against Real Madrid. Speaking to the media before the game, Lampard pointed out the areas that the team must improve to obtain a positive result in the second leg.
He said (via Chelsea’s official website):
“We had chances to score last week, but at the same time there were a lot of things we could have done better in that game, I felt it in the game and I feel it even more after reviewing the game. There were things we wanted to do from the beginning that We didn’t do well enough throughout the game.”
“That’s not just the physical aspect, it was our use of the ball. We can improve on that and we have to improve on that to have a chance to turn this tie around. We’ve worked on that and hopefully you’ll see the fruits of that. in the game”.
“I’m clear with the players on that. I know they have the ability to give him a good chance, but we have to play our game well and be better than we were last week.”
Chelsea enter the contest after three consecutive defeats in all competitions. Real Madrid, meanwhile, beat Cádiz 2-0 in their last league game.