Chelsea's Drogba Simply Unstoppable

Chelsea's Drogba Simply Unstoppable

A small door off the players' changing room at Wembley Stadium leads to a place known as the warm-up area. It was there, before the FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur on April 15, that Didier Drogba put on his trainers and went through his usual pre-match exercise routine. Nothing special. Stretches. An acceleration programme. It wasn't what he was doing that caught the eye. It was what he looked like doing it.

By the time he returned to the group, the transformation was complete. Wherever Drogba's head had been when he arrived at Wembley, he had left there now. 

As he stalked around his team-mates, offering the odd word of encouragement, the odd message of absolute defiance, it was clear he was somewhere else. John Terry nudged his team-mate Frank Lampard. 'Will you look at him,' he said. 'We're not going to lose today.'

And Chelsea didn't. They beat Tottenham 5-1 and Drogba opened the scoring.

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