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Didier Drogba Defends Andre Villas-Boas: Why Other Chelsea Players Must Agree

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06:  Didier Drogba of Chelsea celebrates as he scores their third goal during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Chelsea FC and Valencia CF at Stamford Bridge on December 6, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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Dan RenfroCorrespondent IIIFebruary 17, 2012

Didier Drogba stands by Andre Villas-Boas; if the other Chelsea players want to avoid a crisis, they must follow suit.

Despite many rumblings of player dissent, Drogba has publicly come out in support of Villas-Boas:

"It's not easy for him but he's not the only one who is responsible. We all are. In football, everyone blames the manager first, which is difficult for him because he is on the sidelines when we are playing, but I guess that's football."

This support is great for Villas-Boas.

Drogba can let his emotions get the best of him. He has become notorious for undermining managers and he is a face of the old guard.

With him supporting Villas-Boas, the locker room suddenly seems more united.

There have always been questions about Drogba's maturity. He is prone to reckless tackles, he dives to benefit from his free kick prowess and he can appear to shut down on the pitch sometimes.

Regardless, Drogba is slowly entering the twilight of his career and he has seemed more mature with every passing season. He seems to have realized that he doesn't have much longer to win trophies. He must win now.

When players aren't behind the manager, it is practically impossible to win trophies. Drogba understands this, which is (probably) why he is supporting Villas-Boas right now.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 22:  Manager of Chelsea Andre Villas-Boas helps up Didier Drogba of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at White Hart Lane on December 22, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Ri
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Drogba has been known to undermine managers in the past. So, with rumors of dissent and Drogba coming back to the locker room, it is great to hear that he is behind AVB.

Most people, myself included, would've been inclined to blame Drogba for this unrest. However, with his public support, it is clear that Drogba is willing to buy into the system.

The other players need to side with Drogba because he knows what he's talking about.

Drogba is a face of the old guard. He has been with the club for eight years, he has scored 150 goals in a Chelsea jersey and he has won 10 trophies in his time at Stamford Bridge.

He is a club legend and he is willing to listen to a manager that is only five months older than him.

If Drogba can buy in, then no one else should have trouble buying in.

When someone like Drogba stands up for the manager, other players should listen.

Drogba is a mature, critical Chelsea legend.

The team should join him and stand behind Villas-Boas. If they don't, Chelsea will surely crumble.

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