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Chelsea cannot replace Drogba, insists Mourinho

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By Andrew Tuft

Saturday 22 September 2012

Jose Mourinho has told his former club Chelsea that Didier Drogba is irreplaceable, Sporting Life has reported. The current Real Madrid Coach added that while the Champions League holders have a number of talented players, Drogba - and what he meant to the Premier League side - cannot be replicated.

Drogba left Stamford Bridge in the summer, eight years after Mourinho signed him from Marseille. In his time at the club the Ivory Coast striker won myriad trophies, including the Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup, and ended his tenure in England by clinching Chelsea’s first European Cup success, scoring the winning penalty in the shootout against Bayern Munich. The 34-year-old moved to Shanghai Shenhua at the end of his contract.

Mourinho - who also added that, although he remains a Chelsea supporter, after he leaves Real Madrid he will return to England to manage anyone - warned his former club that life without Drogba will be more difficult than worth the talismanic forward.

He said: “I believe Drogba is the big difference for them. I don't think you can replace him. You can buy top players and invest like Chelsea did, but there is only one Drogba, in the Premiership and Chelsea's history.

Drogba means crucial moments. The final, a top match, Drogba is there. When the team is losing at home, Drogba is there. Chelsea will miss Drogba and Drogba will mean a few less points. But the team is good, with good players and they are European champions.

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