Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has revealed that he doesn’t recognize the team anymore following the Blues’ dramatic decline this season on the back of a Champions League exit to Real Madrid.
Frank Lampard’s side succumbed to a 2-0 defeat at home to Real to crash out of Europe 4-0 on aggregate, giving the interim manager his fourth defeat in four games in charge and ensuring Chelsea have nothing to celebrate come to the end of the season.
Chelsea sits 11th in the Premier League and is enduring their worst season in more than 25 years despite new owner Todd Boehly spending more than £600 million on players since buying the club from Roman Abramovich last summer.
Drogba, who spent nine years at Chelsea and won 14 trophies during the Abramovich era, was speaking on French TV prior to the second leg against Real and criticized the club’s decision to immediately get rid of most of the staff from the previous regime.
“I knew this club with a certain class during the Abramovich era, but today I find it lacking. It’s very hard for me to see how they got rid of certain people,” Drogba told CanalPlus.
“They should go back to the principles and values they had. I don’t recognise my club anymore.”