Drogba, who introduced his retirement final night time, admits his Chelsea profession might have been over earlier than it had even bought began.

Drogba joined Chelsea from Marseille and the meteoric rise from France’s second division to the brilliant lights of London left him scared.

However he reveals a dialog with Mourinho impressed him to grow to be one of many membership’s greatest legends.

Drogba ended up spending eight years on the membership – scoring the successful penalty within the Champions League remaining along with his final kick earlier than transferring to China.

He did return for a second spell two years later for one season earlier than transferring to America to play in MLS.

“The one time I doubted myself was the time I moved from Marseille to Chelsea,” he advised the Solar.

“Two and a half years earlier I used to be a sub within the French second division.

“After which, increase, all of the sudden I used to be at a membership who grew to become one of many greatest on the planet. A brand new nation, new tradition…and I used to be like ‘hmmm, is just not all too quick for me? Can I make it right here? Is it an excessive amount of?’

“I used to be a bit scared to fail and after my first troublesome yr at Chelsea I spoke to Jose Mourinho and advised him ‘I’m not glad right here. Perhaps this isn’t for me and I want to depart.’

“However he was saying ‘no, it’s important to keep. I’ll assist you to.’

“All the pieces had been so snug for me in France and after that first season in England I used to be on the lookout for that consolation zone once more, which meant going again to Marseille and being the one striker.

“After which I heard the supervisor saying one thing actually attention-grabbing to all of the gamers.

“He stated ‘if you wish to be the one king then return to the crew the place you had been enjoying earlier than and rating 100 objectives.

“However right here at Chelsea there are 22 kings, so it’s important to settle for that and work collectively. Otherwise you go’.

“That’s after I understood that Chelsea had been giving me the problem to transcend what I had already performed.

“That’s after I knew I wanted to enhance and it’s why I grew to become the participant I used to be.

“It was a particular relationship with Mourinho and it actually boosted my confidence when he would inform me ‘I might go to conflict with you’.

“Coming from the man who had received the Champions League and was on the high of the English recreation actually meant loads.”

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