Drogba, Anelka caused my sack at Chelsea- Scolari


By Sportgister Ng

Luiz Felipe Scolari’s ill-fated spell at Chelsea lasted just seven months, despite the Blues sitting fourth in the Premier League and going well in the Champions League.

Scolari believes he was sacked by Chelsea after falling out with key players, such as Didier Drogba and Nicola Anelka.

Drogba, Anelka caused my sack at Chelsea- Scolari

The Brazilian was dismissed by Chelsea in February 2009, just seven months after becoming the club’s manager.

It was a surprise decision at the time, as the Blues were fourth in the Premier League and still in both the FA Cup and Champions League.

Alex Ferguson was among those to condemn Chelsea’s decision, insisting: “It’s a sign of the times. There is absolutely no patience in the world now.” It was also a perfect example of how ruthless the club’s former owner Roman Abramovich could be with managers.

Scolari has since revealed why he was sacked, insisting it had nothing to do with results. “Chelsea had some problems with injuries, some problems in the team,” he said, as quoted by The Sun. “I had a form of leadership that clashed with one or two players.”When pressed on which players, Scolari said: “Anelka and Drogba. Our medical department thought that we should let Drogba go and recover in Cannes, in the middle of summer. I thought he should stay in London. I’d also like to go to Cannes in the middle of summer. I’d stay there for a month, two months, enjoying myself.”Drogba was allowed to visit Cannes but, on his return, Scolari struggled to create a system that would allow the Ivorian to flourish alongside Anelka. Scolari added: “When he came back, I tried to adapt so that Drogba and Anelka could play together.”Anelka was the top scorer in the league.

We had a meeting and Anelka said, ‘I only play in one position.’ So, there was a bit of a lack of friendship, of respect, of trying to play together with Drogba


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