Didier Drogba reveals the best advice he received from Mourinho

Didier Drogba

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has revealed the best piece of advice current Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho gave to him.

Ivorian International striker Didier Drogba will always be remembered by the Chelsea faithful as one of their all-time best players following a trophy laden eight year spell at the club

During his time at Stamford Bridge, he won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and a Champions League medal in his final match for the club in 2012.

Nowadays, Drogba is plying his trade in Turkey with Galatasary and the 36-year-old faced his former teammates and boss Jose Mourinho to a standing ovation when the clubs were paired together in the Champions League last 16 knockout stage.

His relationship with Mourinho was special, and a decisive factor in becoming one of the most feared strikers in the world.

Following an interview with GQ magazine, Drogba revealed the advice Mourinho gave him to help him become the star he is today.

“He once told me a story about the good orange and the bad orange. We had a match and after a few days off I had an injury but I didn't tell him. When you're injured you're not allowed to fly. So I went to the Ivory Coast and came back two days later and in the morning I said: "Coach, I can't train. I feel pain - I need to rest a little bit."

“And then he said to me [puts on Mourinho voice]: "Y'know, Didier? I'm going to tell you something. Y'know, those oranges? When you put one in a basket with the others and one is bad - what happens to the other ones? They become bad as well, yeah? So make sure you don't become a bad one!" [Laughs] All I could say is: "I'm not a bad one!"

Mourinho’s advice wasn’t bad at all, as Drogba soon revelled in being a Chelsea icon and became an influential figure for those aspiring to be a success at the club.

He totalled 341 appearances for the club in all competitions, scoring a credible 157 goals and ranks in fourth spot in Chelsea’s all-time leading goalscorers list.

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