The Incredible Drogba
The Blues’ lethal weapon, Didier Drogba
Alone heading up the Blues’ attack in place of Fernando Torres, the Ivoirian international fought tooth and nail throughout the match, scoring the only goal of the encounter in the final seconds of the first half on a Ramires cross, beating two Catalan defenders.
The tireless striker also scored against Naples in the round of sixteen, and has now once again shown that he should not be buried too quickly. His captain did not neglect to pay homage to him.
“He was incredible. The match symbolised the courageous player that he is. He never stopped, on his own up front,” stated John Terry after the match.
Didier Drogba was sent off at this same stage of the competition in 2009 against Pep Guardiola’s men, but this time around was able to relish the moment after the final whistle.
“We have learnt from our defeats in the past. We didn’t concede a goal, which is the most important. It’s a good result, which we must capitalise on when we go there. I am very happy about this match. The important thing now, is to make it through to the final.”
The road ahead is however still long for the Ivoirian and his team. The Blaugranas were admittedly unlucky on Wednesday night, and if the Blues again allow them 80% of possession at the Nou Camp next Tuesday, it could really hurt...