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Scolari reveals how Anelka and Drogba cost him his job at Chelsea

Former Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has revealed how disagreement between Anelka and Drogba led to his dismissal as Chelsea manage...


Former Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has revealed how disagreement between Anelka and Drogba led to his dismissal as Chelsea manager in 2009.

Scolari told Yellow and Green Football in an interview captured by Goal.com how he was unable to get former Chelsea strikers Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba to play together in the same team.

“Chelsea had some problems with injuries, some problems in the team. I had a form of leadership that clashed with one or two players,” he said.

“Our medical department thought that we should let Drogba go and recover [from surgery] in Cannes, in the middle of summer.

“I thought he should stay in London. I’d also like to go to Cannes in the middle of summer. I’d stay there for a month, two months, enjoying myself.

“When he came back, I tried to adapt so that Drogba and Anelka could play together. Anelka was the top scorer in the league. We had a meeting and Anelka said: 'I only play in one position'.

“So, there was a bit of a lack of friendship, of respect, of trying to play together with Drogba. They were both great, but someone had to do something different, to get back to help when we lost the ball.

“That was when it changed a bit. But we’ve met since then, me and Drogba. The last time was in Russia in 2018. We spoke openly about it.

“There wasn’t any ill intention from him or Anelka. But it happened and I lost out on one of the great chances of my life.”

Scolari replaced Avram Grant as Chelsea permanent manager in the summer of 2008.


Written by Vince @blue_footy.

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