Liverpool legend: If Drog was at Chelsea, not Torres, they may have beaten Gala

Drogba Complaining

A multiple title winner with Liverpool believes former Red, despite his goal, squandered opportunities that Didier would have pounced upon.

Sky Sports pundit and a three-time European Cup winner with Liverpool, Graeme Souness believes that Chelsea's midweek Champions League test in Turkey versus Galatasaray could have had an alternative outcome than the 1-1 reality had Didier Drogba spearheaded the Blues attack, rather than Fernando Torres, despite the Spaniard netting the club's sole goal.

'I think Chelsea in the first half were fabulous and they got their goal and you're left thinking, 'there's more goals here for them' but did they drop off the pace or was it case of Roberto Mancini's substitutions making the difference tactically?

'I think in that first half period if Didier Drogba had of been in the Chelsea team he would have been scoring a goal,' asserted the 60-year-old Scotsman, himself a former manager of Gala in the mid-1990s, winning the Turkish Cup and Turkish Super Cup.'

While Torres, like Souness - a former Liverpool star, did indeed continue his impressive goal-scoring streak in Europe, he only completed nine of his meagre 15 pass attempts; a 60% success rate.

'[Drogba would] certainly would have been picking the correct pass more than Fernando Torres did and when they were dominant and had Galatasaray exposed in the last third.'

Recently, Arsenal legend Thierry Henry was reported to have implored Drogba to join an outfit in the MLS, particularly the New York Red Bulls, while The Sun quote the Ivorian to mention that he would not dismiss a return to West London.

Souness believes Drogba still has much to offer in an elite league in Europe, even at 35: 'I just think he's an all-round player and, okay, he's certainly not what he was when he was 30-years-old but still for me, he's got a hell of a lot to offer.'

In seven Champions League appearances thus far this season, Drogba has scored twice and assisted thrice - an attacking efficiency of a goal scored or assist provided once every 113 minutes, producing 11 key chances in the process.

image: © Ben Sutherland

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