Remembering Didier Drogba's 10 Most Important Goals for Chelsea
Didier Drogba will line up against Chelsea for the first time when the Blues visit Galatasaray on Wednesday. His legend still looms large at Stamford Bridge, and with the manager who brought him to London back in the dugout, it will be an emotional occasion.
Drogba was the Blues' big man for the big games, and now seems as good a time as any to rank his most important goals for Chelsea.
10. Against Tottenham in 2012 FA Cup Semifinal
Drogba opened the scoring in what turned out to be a satisfying 5-1 rout of Chelsea's fierce London rivals en route to the FA Cup final in 2012.
9. Vs Everton, FA Cup Final 2009
Having seen Roberto Di Matteo's record for the fastest ever FA Cup final goal obliterated by Louis Saha's opener, Drogba got the equaliser and inspired a comeback which ensured that Guus Hiddink left with more than memories of his time as interim manager.
8. The Winner Against Manchester United in 2007 FA Cup Final
Drogba stopped United from doing the double when he grabbed the only goal at Wembley in 2007. The match was widely regarded as one of the worst FA Cup finals ever.
7. The Goal That Won the Double. FA Cup Final vs Portsmouth 2010
Chelsea won their first domestic double in 2010 thanks to this terrific free-kick from Drogba.
6. FA Cup Final vs Liverpool, 2012
Drogba scored the second goal in this game, his fourth in four FA Cup finals. Without him, Andy Carroll's late goal would have been an equaliser rather than a consolation, and Chelsea might not have won the double.
5. Goal vs Napoli, Champions League Round of 16, 2012
Chelsea were deemed down and out of the Champions League after a 3-1 first leg defeat to Napoli. With a mountain to climb at Stamford Bridge, Drogba's opening goal spurred the Blues on to a 5-4 aggregate win.
4. Goal Against Barcelona in the Champions League Semifinal First Leg 2012
When Chelsea were drawn to face Barcelona in the 2012 semifinal, nobody gave them a hope of beating the Catalan club. However, Roberto Di Matteo obviously paid heed to the game plan espoused by Blues supporters all around the world: stop Barca from scoring at Stamford Bridge, and maybe try to nick a goal for yourselves.
Drogba's strike on the stroke of halftime gave Chelsea a crucial advantage ahead of the drama of the second leg at Camp Nou.
3. Goal That Put Chelsea 2-1 Up vs Liverpool in 2005 Carling Cup Final
After John Arne Riise opened the scoring for Liverpool in the 2005 Carling Cup final, it looked like Chelsea would fold. Steven Gerard's own goal levelled things up at 1-1, before Drogba put the Blues in front with this fine finish.
Chelsea eventually won 3-2, taking the first trophy of the Roman Abramovich era back to Stamford Bridge.
Skip to 9:45 for the goal. It's not pretty, but was effective.
2. Penalty vs Bayern Munich, Champions League Final
You thought this was going to be No. 1, didn't you? The penalty that won Chelsea's first ever Champions League trophy will never be forgotten by the supporters, and it provided a fitting end to the Drog's time as a Blue.
1. 87th Minute Header vs Bayern Munich
Without this last-ditch effort, all of Chelsea's fight in the 2011-12 Champions League campaign would have been in vain. Drogba may have won the cup with the final penalty kick, but this goal kept the competition alive for it to reach that dramatic conclusion.