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Afcon final failures dampen big-game mythos around FA Cup king Drogba


The Chelsea legend has a shocking legacy in Cup finals for Chelsea, however struggled to duplicate the identical on the internationals stage with Ivory Coast

Chelsea go into Saturday’s FA Cup closing as clear favourites, looking for to scupper Leicester’s fairytale run and declare the primary trophy of a possible Might double.

If the Foxes are anticipated to muster any actual resistance, it would come within the kind and understanding of their entrance line.

Kelechi Iheanacho and Jamie Vardy have, over the past 4 months, synthesized a potent mixture of guile and dynamism to not solely hearth Leicester to the cusp of cup success, but additionally to maintain their push for a end throughout the Champions League locations.

Chelsea, then again, may very well discover their Wembley ambitions hindered by an absence of correct certainty in assault.

Timo Werner gives prepared working in behind, and Kai Havertz’s contributions to the Blues’ trigger have steadily elevated since Frank Lampard’s defenestration, however there stays a necessity for a correct presence upfront to show Thomas Tuchel’s ball-dominant sport fashion into objectives.

It makes for an attention-grabbing change in dynamic for Chelsea, who over the past decade and half have usually been capable of name upon a bomber upfront. In reality, Chelsea’s latest historical past at Wembley has come to be outlined nearly completely by the decisive contributions of the barreling Didier Drogba.

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How Chelsea might do with a striker of his profile on Saturday!

As the one participant in historical past to attain in 4 FA Cup finals, the Ivorian grew to become just about synonymous with the Wembley showpiece, and cast a popularity as a participant for the massive event, the closest factor to a assure in a closing setting.

After all, nothing is ever that black and white. Whereas Drogba’s eminence and legacy is, for a lot of, forged in stone, even the notion of him as completely reliable in finals didn’t all the time maintain.