Keown critical of Chelsea legend: Like a tourist who lacked commitment

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Former Arsenal star implies occasion may have gotten to Galatasaray attacker Didier, who failed to impress against former club Chelsea last night.

Prior to Chelsea's 2-0 smothering of Galatasaray at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday evening, March 18, a second leg victory that secured their progression into the final eight of the Champions League, their former talismanic striker Didier Drogba had been heralded as a player who, despite in the midst of his twilight years, could still offer plenty of problems against elite-level sides.

His hold-up play was lauded as exemplary, while his predatory instincts in the penalty area were underlined by his ten goals in Super Lig competition in Turkey; an attacking efficiency of a goal scored once every 187 minutes on average.

Of course, this figure pales in comparison to his prime years as an athlete at Stamford Bridge, where he won every domestic trophy England has to offer before finishing his career on a Champions League high with a winner's medal.

He is, though, 36-years-old and football, if anything, remains a young man's sport.

On Tuesday evening that was perhaps telling as, despite all the affection that was bestowed onto the Ivorian and all the column inches dedicated to how terrific the legend is that he created for himself during his time at SW6 the sad truth is he perhaps does not have it any more.

Writing in the Daily Mail, Martin Keown offered more, highlighting how the ferocity that was a staple of his style was missing.

"Didier Drogba was one of Chelsea’s greatest servants, but last night the occasion looked too much for him - at times it felt more like a testimonial.

"He did not look like the ferocious striker of old and we didn’t see any of the same passion he had in a Chelsea shirt.

"He was passive, made few challenges and nearly ballooned a free-kick out of the ground. It looked like he wasn’t fully committed to the game because he did not want to upset his old club.

"It was always going to be a difficult night but for much of the match he looked more like a tourist in London."

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