Chelsea vs. Bayern Munich: Bayern Boss' Slam of Didier Drogba Is Nothing New

Wes ODonnellFeatured ColumnistMay 18, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 13:  Didier Drogba of Chelsea applauds the fans during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Blackburn Rovers at Stamford Bridge on May 13, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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Anyone who has seen Didier Drogba play knows two things about him: One, he can score in the blink of an eye, and two, he loves to dive.

The 34-year-old Ivorian striker has been instrumental in Chelsea's return to the UEFA Champions League final, but his tremendous play has never come without a gripe or two from opposing players and/or coaches.

Thus, it is no surprise at all that Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes had this to say about the Stamford Bridge legend, via Sky Sports:

Drogba, for many years, has been one of the top strikers in the Premier League and is definitely dangerous—he can score at any moment.

Sometimes he overdoes it a bit. Sometimes he's an outstanding actor on the pitch.

This is nothing new at all and comes as no surprise either. Bayern is readying to play in a Champions League final that, for the first time ever, will be a "home" game.

The German giants earned the right to play in their very own stadium, Allianz Arena, but there will be just as many tickets allotted to Chelsea fans as there will be Bayern Munich fans.

That said, you can't tell the likes of Mario Gomez, Philipp Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger that they aren't the home team. They know damn well that this is their stadium, and they expect their fans to make Chelsea feel as uncomfortable as possible.

Heynckes has simply given the supporters something to start with—a little nudge, per se—to tell the fans, "Hey, let Drogba know that we know he's flopping."

Will this have any effect on the seasoned veteran at all? No. Drogba's dealt with worse in his own home country while trying to rally a World Cup push years ago.

The Champions League final is an opportunity that doesn't come around often. The German outfit were in this game two years ago but lost to Inter, and the English power were in this game in 2008 but lost to rivals Manchester United on penalties.

This is the top competition in all of Europe, and there could be a year—or even years—where neither side even qualifies for the competition.

Heynckes is just playing his part as manager of his club, and Drogba will play his part come Saturday. Don't be surprised if that includes a few flops to put a ball in the back of the net.