Well the Barclays Premiership (EPL) within England has gotten of to a rousing start. And already a number of teams have come out of the box looking to acquit themselves well in the Premiership. And it certainly hasn’t gone unnoticed that Chelsea has seemingly gotten off to tremendous start, with a 6 league game unbeaten run ,to sit atop of the Premiership. They’re closely followed by their most heated rivals Manchester United who sit three points adrift in second place with 15 pts.
With just six games played thus far into the season . Chelsea possesses the only unblemished record in the league. However, the team has now suffered an unexpected loss. Star striker , Didier Drogba has been lost to the team for a yet to be determined period of time. And for team coach , Carlo Ancelotti , this is most definitely the last thing that he and team would’ve wanted. Drogba is by far the team’s most effective striker and creative player. And his loss will be a tremendous blow for the team if it is for a prolonged period of time.
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Ancellotti : We’ll handle loss of Drogba ………
Carlo Ancelotti believes Chelsea can cope without Didier Drogba even if his calf injury sidelines him for a long time.
The Ivory Coast international striker was carried off in the 83rd minute of Chelsea’s 3-0 Barclays Premier League victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
Drogba had already made and scored one of Chelsea’s goals before he had to be substituted.
The victory earned Chelsea a new club record of 11 straight wins, better than the one forged by Jose Mourinho, but Ancelotti was more concerned with the condition of his top striker.
“We don’t know precisely what happened,” said Ancelotti. “It is too early. We will have to wait a few days. We hope it is only cramp.
“We hope soon we will have a precise diagnosis of the situation. It is a calf injury but he felt that he had cramp. If it is cramp, it is good for us.
“We have played without Didier before. He is a very important player for us, a fantastic player. I think we can play well without Didier.
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And while we can all agree that the loss of a player of Drogba’s caliber ,could do immense harm to Chelsea’s title aspirations. One has to feel that Ancelotti will somehow, have a contingency plan in place. The loss of Drogba couldn’t have come at a worse time for the team . In terms of a bona-fide replacement for Drogba , the team is stretched thinly in terms of a proven goalscorer. The team’s 3-0 victory over their London rivals , Tottenham Hotspur emphasizes what an important role Didier plays on this team. His elusiveness , creativity , predatory goalscoring habits, makes him a pivotal and invaluable player for Chelsea. And this was there for all to see with his contributions in the defeat of Spurs. Goals by Ashley Cole (32′), Michael Ballack(58′) and Drogba (63′) , who assisted with one goal and scored one himself. It more than makes the point, that he will be sorely missed by not only the team but also the fans.
Drogba nets the goal that would put the game beyond the reach of Totteham Hotspur in-front of a raucous home crowd at Stamford Bridge , South London. Chelsea defeated their London rival 3-0 , with the other goals coming from Ashley Cole and Michael Ballack, respectively. The team remains unbeaten in the Premiership through the first 6 games of the season. picture appears courtesy of reuters.co.uk/ Stephen Lovell ………….
And though Chelsea’s team is a broad based one in terms of talent. It would be have to be a concerted effort forthcoming from a number of players on their overall squad to overcome Didier Drogba’s goalscoring prowess. Those duties now may fall to the likes of Michael Essien , Nicholas Anelka , Michael Ballack and Salomon Kalou . Collectively , they ought to be able to offer the team something of a respite should the team go through a drought , when it comes to scoring goals. That’s not to say that we won’t see someone else on the team also contributing to the scoring duties.
This may well now offer something of an opportunity of sorts, for a number teams who may well view this all as advantageous as to their own fortunes. But it’d be remiss to think that one could now look to write off Chelsea and their league and title aspirations. Liverpool, Manchester United , Arsenal , Manchester City and Tottenham would be indeed foolish to think that Ancelotti’s team will just lay down and die, at this juncture. There’s still a great deal to play for and with the long term goal being the return of Drogba for Chelsea. It now makes for an intriguing situation around the Premiership for a number of clubs with league title aspirations.
How do you see the present situation facing Chelsea ? And can they overcome the loss of Didier Drogba for whatever
undetermined period of time that he will be lost to the team for ?