Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Scolari: “I had issues with Drogba and Anelka”

Former Blues Head Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has opened up on his ill fated spell in charge of the west londoners.

The 71 year Old Brazilian was appointed in the summer of 2008 but failed to see eye to eye with Stars like Anelka and Drogba and he was sacked 7 months into his reign.

“Chelsea had some problems with injuries, some problems in the team. I had a form of leadership that clashed with one or two players,” he told Yellow and Green Football.


When asked which players he had issues with, Scolari responded: “Anelka and Drogba.”


“Our medical department thought that we should let Drogba go and recover [from surgery] in Cannes, in the middle of summer," Scolari added.


"I thought he should stay in London. I’d also like to go to Cannes in the middle of summer. I’d stay there for a month, two months, enjoying myself.


“When he came back, I tried to adapt so that Drogba and Anelka could play together. Anelka was the top scorer in the league. We had a meeting and Anelka said: 'I only play in one position'.


"So, there was a bit of a lack of friendship, of respect, of trying to play together with Drogba. They were both great, but someone had to do something different, to get back to help when we lost the ball.


"That was when it changed a bit. But we’ve met since then, me and Drogba. The last time was in Russia in 2018. We spoke openly about it.


"There wasn’t any ill intention from him or Anelka. But it happened and I lost out on one of the great chances of my life."


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