Here's how Drogba and Torres shaped up against each other in six different areas during the 1-1 draw between Galatasaray and Chelsea.
Plenty of the build up to Chelsea’s match against Galatasaray related to former Blues star and club legend Didier Drogba would get on compared to the current players in the Chelsea attack.
Samuel Eto’o was tipped to start the game but Jose Mourinho opted to go with Fernando Torres instead. We’ve taken a look at the stats to see how Drogba and Torres compared against each other in several areas.
Shots on Target
Drogba didn’t manage a single shot on target last night while Torres managed two, scoring with one of them.
That’s a credit to Chelsea’s defence because although Drogba is now 36-years-old, he still has the physique and experienced needed to bully a defence but he struggled in the face of sensible defending.
Drogba got ever so slightly more involved in the play than Torres with 21 passes compared to the Spaniard’s 15.
It’s not a dramatic difference and can be explained by the fact Drogba had to drop off slightly at times as he went looking for the ball, again, as a result of good work from the Chelsea back four.
He was also more accurate in terms of how he protected the ball with 71% of his passes finding their intended target compared to Torres who only completed 60% of his passes.
Torres had more touches of the ball with compared to Drogba with 35.
Another area where there isn’t a massive difference. Drogba showed some great touches in the first-half when Galatasaray were breaking away following a Chelsea attack but he would have liked the touch count to be much higher.
Aerial Duels Won
Unsurprisingly Drogba won more aerial duels than Torres with five to three.
His physique and power makes him a great target man for Galatasaray and he deserves a lot of credit for holding the ball up and bringing others into the game when his side need to use him to release pressure.
Torres produced double the number of dribbles (four) during the game than Drogba which suggests he was more willing to take players on.
Not too much of a surprise because Drogba lacks that burst of pace which would allow him to take on and get the better of the quicker defenders in the Chelsea back four.
Both forwards will feel as though they could have done more last night and although Torres grabbed a goal, he was quite wasteful in possession which is something he’ll be looking to change.
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