Didier Drogba, Chelsea's fourth top goalscorer in their history and one of their consensus best ever players, will receive a hero's welcome in February as the 35-year-old veteran striker is guaranteed to see the supporters who cheered him relentlessly for eight years because his current side Galatasaray were drawn to face Chelsea in the first knockout round of the Champions League when the draw was made earlier today, December 16 in Nyon, Switzerland.
Despite being in the twilight years of his professional career, Drogba has not lost his predatory goal-scoring touch as he has scored seven and assisted twice in the Turkish Super Lig this season. This, on top of the goal and/or assist he regularly provides every 95 minutes in Champions League competition ensures he is still amongst the elite in top tier football.
Would he celebrate scoring at Stamford Bridge in front of his old employer and former supporters?
We may have to soon find out but if there is one thing for certain, Drogba will not be playing in front of a hostile atmosphere. In fact, he is relishing the opportunity to return to what he has called 'home'.
He posted the photograph below on his official Instagram account accompanied by the following message: 'What a draw… I'm the luckiest man in this competition. In both games I'll be playing home! See you in a few months!'