Page Nav

HIDE

Grid

GRID_STYLE

Breaking News

latest

Michael Essien: Di Matteo forced me out of Chelsea

Former Chelsea star Michael Essien has opened up on why he left Chelsea for Real Madrid on loan in 2012. The Ghanaian had a series of bad in...



Former Chelsea star Michael Essien has opened up on why he left Chelsea for Real Madrid on loan in 2012.

The Ghanaian had a series of bad injuries during his time at Chelsea but came back on time to help Chelsea win the 2012 UEFA Champions League under manager Roberto Di Matteo.

Essien says he left for Real Madrid after the Champions League triumph because Di Matteo didn't believe he was fit enough to play for Chelsea.

“Di Matteo came in and obviously I was coming back from injury and I remember we played a Champions League [first leg] game against Napoli, and we lost,” he said in an Instagram live interview.

“It was an away game. I think that was the last game for Villas-Boas. The return game, Di Matteo made the decision to put all the big boys in the game - Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, Claude Makelele and me, and we won [4-1] after extra time and qualified.

“A couple of weeks later, he said I was not match fit which I didn't appreciate because if that's the case, why did I play 120 minutes some few weeks ago against Napoli? But anyway everyone sees things differently, so I didn't mind because I was working for the team.

“That's when things started declining because I felt a bit down, but then I had gotten an opportunity to go to Real Madrid, so I proved to them that I'm back. I was playing at right-back at Real Madrid which was one of the most difficult positions on the pitch but I managed to do it.”

Chelsea signed Essien from Lyon in 2005, he spent 7 years at Chelsea before joining his former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid on loan.


Written by Vince @blue_footy

No comments