Chelsea and Mourinho Must Resist Return of Champions League Hero Didier Drogba

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Chelsea and Mourinho Must Resist Return of Champions League Hero Didier Drogba
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"Not even Hollywood's greatest scriptwriter could have written it."

As far as soundbites in sport go, it's one that is rolled out more often than most to celebrate moments of mind-blowing brilliance. Now, as Didier Drogba comes head-to-head with Chelsea in the Champions League as a Galatasaray player, we're hearing it all over again, with reminders of how his eight-year spell at Stamford Bridge came to an end.

Scoring the penalty that won Chelsea the Champions League in 2012 has sealed Drogba's legend. In terms of fairy-tale endings, they don't come much bigger or better, do they? His last game for the club, his very last kick of the ball in Chelsea colors was to secure the greatest trophy of them all.

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Indeed, that game had everything. It was the moment Drogba's Blues career had been building up to, so why try to recreate it?

With Drogba's best days long behind him, there doesn't seem to be much reason. Still, reports in the Daily Mail this week worryingly suggest the Ivorian and Chelsea think otherwise, with rumors they're interested in rekindling their love affair.

"I had a great time at Chelsea and if Jose was saying, 'Didier, I want you to come back', I would think about it," Drogba said.

Keeping with Hollywood analogies for a moment, there are enough examples of memorable originals being tainted by an ill-thought-out sequel.

And while Jose Mourinho's own return to Stamford Bridge this year has been successful in making the Blues a force once more, Drogba's would have a far different outcome.

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If Mourinho's second Chelsea spell is The Godfather: Part II, Drogba's has all the ingredients to be more akin to Anchorman 2.

The tagline for the movie last summer was "the legend continues." We know it didn't.

Ron Burgundy was a gem, and in much the same way Drogba had been looking for his break in football, the character was the making of Will Ferrell in Hollywood.

There had been cameo roles before, promising performances in a string of hit comedies, but Ron Burgundy and Anchorman set him apart.

Chelsea did the same for Drogba.

He had shown his potential with spells at Le Mans and Guingamp before joining Marseille. Then came his move to Stamford Bridge in 2004, and star status soon followed, with him achieving everything and more than he had set out to in his career.

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When we consider Drogba's eight years in West London, there were plenty of peaks and troughs. Wonder goals followed by ill discipline, rants into TV cameras and world-class displays to seal silverware.

It was a coming-of-age tale, and Drogba reached his peak that night in Munich. It's all downhill from there, though. Nothing is ever going to come close to matching it.

Returning to Chelsea, what could he hope to achieve other than to tarnish his reputation? It's something that should remain sacred, untouched.

Mourinho's return has worked out, as he still has much to offer. The story wasn't properly told during his three years in charge, up to when he departed in September 2007. The feeling has always been that the credits rolled a little too early.

All those cup-final goals and Premier League titles. Munich.

Drogba more than delivered and left Stamford Bridge with the fans wanting more. The legend continues by him simply not being there, and that's how it should remain.

Garry Hayes is Bleacher Report's lead Chelsea correspondent and will be following the club from a London base throughout the 2013-14 season. Follow him on Twitter here @garryhayes.

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