Chelsea’s Petr Cech: I’d go to war alongside Blues legend Didier Drogba

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech hails Blues legend and Galatasaray striker Didier Drogba ahead of Wednesday's clash

Petr Cech
Petr Cech joined Chelsea from Rennes in 2004 Photo: The Sport Review

Petr Cech has described Didier Drogba as a big-game player ahead of Chelsea’s clash against the Blues legend’s new side Galatasaray in the Champions League.

The Ivory Coast international spent eight decorated seasons at the west London side alongside Cech before calling time on his Chelsea career following their Champions League triumph in 2012.

Big players have big moments in big games, and you rely on them. He was one of those

Petr Cech

And Cech believes Drogba has proven himself to be a truly great player after scoring in countless finals during his illustrious career at Stamford Bridge.

“For nine years Didier was a big part of Chelsea’s success,” said Cech.

“He was one of those guys, that if you play big games, or you go to war, then you would always want to have him beside you. Because he likes the challenge, takes the responsibility, and obviously he is a winner. He does everything he can to win a game.

“Big players have big moments in big games, and you rely on them. He was one of those. That is the difference between great players and average players. The great players have the decisive moments in games.

“Didier was a not only a great striker for us, but great defender as well. A player you would always want to have in your team.”

Galatasaray v Chelsea: Pre-match facts

• Drogba was part of the Chelsea side that lifted the Champions League for the first time in 2011/12, scoring a late equaliser and then the decisive penalty in the final shoot-out against Bayern München in Munich on 19 May 2012. That was the Ivorian’s final kick for the club.

• Jose Mourinho masterminded Chelsea’s sole round of 16 defeat between 2006/07 and 2011/12, as coach of Inter Milan in 2009/10.

• Wesley Sneijder played under Mourinho at Inter in 2009/10, helping eliminate Chelsea 3-1 on aggregate in the round of 16 on their way to lifting the trophy.

• Emmanuel Eboue was at Arsenal between 2005 and 2011, playing alongside Ashley Cole until 2006.

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