Boo-boys no problem for Drogba

13 October 2009 08:36
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has told opposing fans they can boo him all they like after insisting he is not a `diver'.

Drogba, currently on duty with the Ivory Coast, was jeered by Liverpool fans every time he hit the floor during Chelsea's 2-0 victory over the Reds prior to the international break.

But Drogba, whose goal in the 1-1 draw with Malawi at the weekend ensured the Ivory Coast would take part in the World Cup finals in South Africa next summer, says defenders know they can knock him off balance because the speed of the game is so fast.

"I think the Chelsea fans appreciate what I do for the team, which is the most important thing," Drogba said in an interview in this week's issue of Nuts Magazine.

"I always work hard for my team-mates. Other fans? Well, it's their job to dislike opposition players, isn't it? Being booed is no problem.

"I'm a target for my team-mates, getting the ball and setting up attacks - and scoring goals. Defenders also see me as a target because of this. When you play the game at great speed, it requires very little contact to put you off balance. And I'm never afraid to put my body in the way for my team, up front or in defence. People forget that I defend well, too!"

Source: Eurosport

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