Drogba and I could have saved Scolari’s career: AnelkaFebruary 16th, 2009 - 7:31 pm ICT by IANS
London, Feb 16 (IANS) Frenchman Nicholas Anelka said that he and his fellow striker Didier Drogba could have saved Brazilian coach Luis Felipe Scolari’s future at Chelsea.
Scolari, who was sacked last week, had said that Anelka and Drogba were incompatible when it came to play in tandem during his tenure at Stamford Bridge. But Anelka said that the Brazilian never tried playing both the strikers together.
“A lot of people said we couldn’t play together - but we never tried it. In 20 minutes we scored three goals,” Anelka was quoted as saying by The Daily Telegraph, after his hat-trick in Chelsea’s 3-1 FA Cup win over Watford.
Both Anelka and Drogba played upfront in the match and the Frenchman felt that the combination could change the complexion of any game.
“Of course we can work as a partnership for Chelsea. It was me scoring this time, but it might be Didier next time. That’s good for Chelsea. To play with Didier up front changed the game (against Watford). We can work as a partnership. I have said it before and so has Didier but Scolari never tried playing us together,” he said.
“I’ve played as a striker all my life. To play on the right or the left is always difficult. To help Chelsea I can do that. But it’s even better if I can play up front with Didier because, if that’s the case, maybe I can help Chelsea even more.”