Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 July 2014

David Healy: Drogba’s a great player, but such an annoying individual

Didier Drogba

Avram Grant has done a pretty impressive job at Portsmouth.

He’s guided them to the FA Cup final when the club has been falling apart due to administration, relegation, staff not being paid and never-ending uncertainty at Fratton Park.

He deserves much credit for securing a big day out for the Pompey fans at Wembley, but I’ll be astonished if Grant can inspire his side to beat Chelsea tomorrow.

Shocks do happen in finals. Not this time though.

The champions are quite simply too strong all over the park.

Already people are looking at next season and rightly saying that Manchester United need two or three new players, Arsenal the same and Liverpool maybe four or five.

Chelsea, though, could go again with what they have got — in the Premier League for sure — because their squad has so much quality and so much depth.

The way they finished off the Premier League was fantastic, beating Wigan 8-0.

So much for having any nerves about needing a win on the final day to stay ahead of United.

It would have been the perfect day at Stamford Bridge but for one thing — the behaviour of Didier Drogba.

Don’t get me wrong, Drogba is a world class striker and unplayable at his best, but he can be incredibly annoying.

With Chelsea 1-0 up, they were awarded a penalty. Drogba wanted to take it in his bid to finish top scorer even though Frank Lampard was the recognised spot-kick taker.

In that instant Drogba was thinking of himself rather than the team which was disrespectful to the club with so much at stake.

Thankfully Lampard showed composure and told Drogba he could have the next one. Even though there was added pressure on the midfielder because of his team-mate’s antics, Lampard slotted it home and from there Chelsea cruised home.

Drogba went on to score a hat-trick, including a penalty, and finished top scorer, so he got his way in the end. He apologised afterwards, but his behaviour left a sour taste.

Having said that it wouldn’t surprise me if he got another hat-trick at Wembley tomorrow to help Chelsea clinch the double.

On the subject of penalties what on earth was Leicester City’s Yann Kermorgant thinking about when he tried to dink one in the shoot-out against Cardiff in the Championship semi-final?

I couldn’t believe his arrogance or stupidity to try something like that with Leicester’s season riding on it. Watching it on TV, I was actually shouting at the screen. I was so mad because his team-mates did not deserve to see all their hard work over 10 months thrown away because of an appalling piece of judgment.

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