Drogba counting on experience
The Ivoirian captain Didier Drogba against Senegal in Abidjan
At the end of the team’s last training session in Abidjan on Wednesday, he hailed the great concentration that his teammates have shown during their period of preparation, before affirming his optimism with respect to their qualification for the tournament.
“The group is ready for a battle that promises to be a difficult one in Dakar. Everybody is focused on the subject and we are heading out committed to return home with the qualification. We have a lot of experience, which allows us to control these types of matches. I think that the key to the match will come from experience and at this level, I can say that we have plenty of it,” stated the Shanghai Shenhua striker.
Another aspect which Drogba is counting on for his team to secure qualification in Senegal is the fierce desire of the group to go to South Africa in January 2013.
“The group really value this qualification. It is the last one for a great number of us and we don’t want to miss it. We will do everything to win a ticket to South Africa,” the former Chelsea striker pointed out.
While Drogba might admit that Senegal will be even stronger at home with the backup of their supporters, he believes that the offensive efficiency of the Elephants will be an enormous asset in this very important match.
“Senegal caused us quite a few problems in Abidjan by scoring two goals. They are a team that deserve a lot of respect, but there is also our efficiency which will make the difference. We have players who are capable of scoring at any moment. It really is an asset to be taken advantage of,” the former Marseille player made clear before calling for more concentration throughout the entire match, where they will no doubt experience some distractions and provocations.
“If we remain concentrated during our match, we will reach our goal.”