DIDIER DROGBA: JOSE BOSINGWA WAS BEHIND CHAMPIONS LEAGUE WIN
Former Chelsea striker, Didier Drogba revealed that his former team mate, Jose Bosingwa, was behind the success of the UEFA Champions League win while at Stamford Bridge.
The Ivorian skipper said the Portuguese defender was the mastermind of the club’s famous 2012 Champions League win.
Bosingwa currently with Turkish side, Trabzonspor, played for the EPL giant, Chelsea, from the 2008/2009 to the 2012/2013 season when he left on free transfer to fellow English side, Queen Park Rangers.
The Portuguese defender, though with a year contract extension option, will end his current contract with the club this summer. Bosingwa has struggled with fitness with the club since leaving QPR and will likely see to the end of his career in Turkey.
Drogba in his autobiography, Commitment, which was recently released, told the tale of how Chelsea won the title. The team played Barcelona in the semi-final that year. They were under pressure in the second leg with Roberto Di Matteo as Manager. Gary Cahill had been removed due to hamstring injury. He was replaced by Bosingwa with David Luiz missing in action and Terry sent off for his attack on Alexis Sanchez.
They team were a goal down at the Nou Camp with the Catalan giant in line for a victory and final place spot.
Another goal would surely have ended Chelsea’s hopes. The coach with limited options told Ivanovic to play centre back but Bosingwa refused.
“The players really stepped up to take responsibility.
“The manager was telling Branislav Ivanovic to play centre back but Jose Bosingwa said, ‘No, no, I will play centre back’, and carried on to say where he thought others should play,” Drogba revealed.
Everyone held on tight and Fernando Torres went on to score, ending the hopes of the Spanish team. Drogba himself scored the equalizer in the final against Bayern Munich and the last penalty kick, giving Chelsea its first Champions League trophy.