FA Cup final: Can Drogba come up trumps again?
Didier Drogba set Roberto Di Matteo’s side on their way to a comprehensive 5-1 win over London neighbours Tottenham in the Blues’ Budweiser-sponsored FA Cup semi-final with a trademark display of strength and precision that earned him the Player of the Round award, with 39% of the votes.
Despite passing up an early opportunity to break the deadlock, the veteran Ivory Coast international made no mistake two minutes before half-time, spinning William Gallas to thump home the opening goal.
It proved to be a torrid afternoon for Spurs defender Gallas as Drogba refused to give him a moment’s peace and Chelsea’s centre forward also had a hand in his side’s third goal without touching the ball – muscling Kyle Walker into a position where he played scorer Ramires onside.
Drogba has seven goals in as many appearances at Wembley, making the national stadium his most profitable ground in England outside of the Blues’ Stamford Bridge home.
Three of those strikes have come in FA Cup Final victories, with perhaps the most famous being his extratime winner in 2007’s 1-0 triumph over Manchester United - the first final held at the new Wembley.
The 34-year-old also netted the only goal against Portsmouth in 2010, having notched the equaliser a year earlier as Chelsea came from behind to beat Everton 2-1.
Drogba saw off stiff competition from Liverpool’s Luis Suarez (33%) and Brad Jones (6%) while his Chelsea team-mates Frank Lampard (16%) and Ramires (6%) were also in the running.
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