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Chelsea striker Didier Drogba says his return to former club Marseille this week will be ‘truly special’. The sides meet at the Stade Velodrome, which the Ivorian left in 2004, on Wednesday in the Champions League.
Drogba spent just one season with Marseille but made an unforgettable impact as he helped the club lift the UEFA Cup final in 2004. He is still fondly remembered by the fans, who cannot wait to welcome home a player who received generous applause when the sides met in London in September.
Drogba was suspended for Chelsea’s 2-0 win but came out at half-time to take heartfelt adulation. “I am a bit overwhelmed by all this but it’s okay,” Ivory Coast’s Drogba told the French champions’ website (www.om.net) on Tuesday.
After joining Chelsea in 2004, Drogba said that he had wanted to stay at Marseille for the remainder of his career. And the return to a club where he plundered 32 goals in his only season is enthusing the Ivorian captain.
“I just can’t wait to be there,” Drogba added. “At last my team-mates are going to discover the [atmosphere at the] Stade Velodrome which I’ve been talking about for so long.
“After the match, I will do a tour of the dressing room which I inhabited for a year.”
Both Marseille and Chelsea have already qualified for the Champions League’s knockout stage. The Ivory Coast striker has scored only two goals from open play since August this year.