Chelseas Drogba finds goal scoring drying up in 2008

December 30th, 2008 - 2:44 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Dec.30 (ANI): Ivory Coast and Chelsea football star Didier Drogba is finding it increasingly difficult to score goals for his club after experiencing resounding success in 2006 (27 goals in 47 matches) and 2007 (22 goals in 44 matches).
Drogba, the Premier League Golden Boot winner in the 2006-07 season, has also scored 30 goals in 42 Ivory Coast internationals.
According to The Sun, Drogba this year he has managed to net just nine times in 31 games at an average of 0.29.
The Ivory Coast hit-man, however, is not sorry to see the back of 2008 and predicts beautiful things will happen for him in 2009. It is clear that the former Marseille forward, who was roped in for 24 million dollars, has received little support from Chelsea after the death of his grandmother in June. He has felt that the club has no confidence in him as he battled back from a series of injuries.
The 90,000-pound-a- week striker said: The hardest thing I had to endure this year wasnt football related. The death of my grandmother completely struck me down, more than anything else. I was very, very close to her and it really made me suffer. I had the feeling that all my childhood memories were going with her. I became old suddenly.
This made me ask a few questions to myself. I wondered what I was running after. I said to myself that it was pretty useless to run after results, stats or rewards. Its true that I didnt feel a great support. But that didnt worry me really. For a few weeks I didnt have my head tuned into football at all. I didnt want to hear about targets or ambition. I felt totally switched off, he added. For the first time, I had lost my passion for football. I was ordinary. I didnt want to fight. All summer, I felt bad. I am not looking for excuses. I just admit that, for a while, I put football on the back-burner, Drogba said.
What opened my eyes was the way some people at the club looked at me. I really felt confidence wasnt the same. It wasnt great to feel and I remarked that some of them didnt really believe in my capacity to come back to the highest level, he said. I fear I am only being considered as a strong centre-forward able of playing alone up front with fast players on the wings. But I can also adapt. Am I at the right place for 2009? Only time will tell. If we win the Champions League in May, the answer will be obvious, he concluded. (ANI)

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