Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has warned titleholders Barcelona ahead of Wednesday night’s UEFA Champions League semi-final match in London.
The Blues, who will have to play at the Camp Nou next week, are looking to make the most of their home advantage in the first leg. Memories of the Blues’ last meeting with Barcelona are bitter.
Chelsea were minutes away from reaching the final of the 2009 Champions League but a wonder equalizer from Andres Iniesta sealed Barca’s highly controversial victory on away goals.
Striker Didier Drogba believes that “The Scandal of Stamford Bridge”, as Jose Mourinho branded it, has given extra motivation to his team ahead of Wednesday’s European battle in London. In an interview with English tabloid The Sun, the aging star explained:
“A lot has changed since we last played Barcelona. But our desire to beat them is as strong as ever. I signed for Chelsea to play in games like this. These are the occasions that excite us all.
“We have many memories from our previous games against Barcelona – good ones as well as bad. This tie is 50-50 but we are ready for them.”
Didier Drogba missed several glorious chances to score at the Bridge during Chelsea’s 2009 UEFA Champions League semi-final battle against Barcelona. He was widely considered as the flop of the match.
The Ivoirian forward however blamed the Blues’ defeat on poor officiating from referee Tom Henning Ovrebo.