Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 December 2014

Ancelotti: I told Drogba to forget Golden Boot

Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti has said he was forced to tell Didier Drogba to forget his selfish ambitions to win the Golden Boot after Frank Lampard refused to let the Ivorian striker take a first-half penalty.

Drogba went into the game level on 26 league goals with Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney.

Ancelotti had previously warned the Ivory Coast striker ahead of the game that any penalties would be taken by the club's recognised spot-kick expert Lampard.

So when Wigan defender Gary Caldwell was sent off on the half-hour for a foul on Lampard, the England midfielder duly collected the ball.

Drogba was incensed when Lampard refused to allow him to take the penalty.

Lampard scored from the spot to give Chelsea a 2-0 half-time lead and Ancelotti then stepped in to silence the simmering row.

"I spoke with him after the first half," revealed Ancelotti. "It was my decision, if there was a penalty, to give it to Lampard.

"I told him to stay calm and quiet because he'd have opportunities to score in the second half. I said: 'Quiet. You can score in the second half."'

Drogba hit a hat-trick in the second period to win the Golden Boot with 29 goals, and was even given the ball by Lampard to score from the spot when Chelsea's Ashley Cole was fouled in the area.

Asked about Drogba's childish reaction to being denied the chance to take the first penalty to make it 2-0, Lampard said: "It was nothing. That's what makes Didier what he is. He's hungry.

"It's 1-0, I've been taking the penalties all season and I wanted to score to make it 2-0. Once we went clear then I was more than happy for Didier to go and try to win the Golden Boot.

"We're a team and we want him to do well. He did it and he deserved to be top scorer."

Drogba himself was apologetic afterwards.

"I understood," he told Sky Sports 1 about the first penalty. "But at the same time I was disappointed because at 1-0 I wanted to score. I had to get over this frustration and in the second half come back.

"We did so well today I knew I would have some chances to score. I was not happy at first but after, I knew I was making a big mistake and Frank was right."

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