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It isn't really news, but there were some who wondered what kind of response the Ivorian would get.
Prior to the match, Chelsea's support sang his name incessantly. The banners were everywhere: "Always in our Hearts," "Welcome Home," and simply "Drogba Legend."
However, for 90 minutes, Didier Drogba was just another Galatasaray player.
There were cheers when his wayward free-kick hit one of his own banners, with Chelsea fans getting behind their own team when it mattered.
Once it was all over, the love-in recommenced.
Stamford Bridge has seen many legends down the years, but only one has ever scored the goal that brought the European Cup home.
Tonight, Chelsea fans showed Drogba that whatever his colours, he will always be one of Stamford Bridge's own.