Posted On Wednesday, 3rd April 2013
On Wednesday there will be several reunions at the Bernabeu when Galatasaray striker Didier Drogba clashes with the Real Madrid team that includes his Ghanaian ‘brother’ Michael Essien.
Perhaps the most special of all will be between Didier Drogba and Jose Mourinho, whom the African striker calls “a second father”.
Just like Michael Essien, who said I would do what ‘daddy Mourinho’ asked him to last summer when he was on loan from Chelsea, the club where all three met.
On the 15th March, the day of the draw, Drogba commented on how I felt about playing the quarter-final against Madrid.
“It’ll be a great game against Real Madrid. I’ll be playing against my people, my boss and my brother Mourinho, Essien.”
Drogba was one of the first signings Mou made at Chelsea, in the summer of 2004 and coincided with that of Robben, Cech, Carvalho and Ferreira.
It did not take long the Portuguese coach to convince his new boss, Roman Abramovich, that it was worth paying £ 24 million for a player who, in reality, had only played one year in a top European club Marseille.
Drogba made his mark on Chelsea straight away.
He played a leading role in winning two consecutive Premier Leagues, the first league titles for the Stamford Bridge club in half a century.
However, Chelsea did manage to conquer Europe.
In his third season, Mourinho left the club and tongues began to wag.
Rumour had it several teammates that Drogba and Lampard and Terry such as, wept when they heard the news and tried to settle the dispute between Mourinho and Abramovich by all available means.