Ego bruised, Didier Drogba to be nonfactor in Montreal Impact playoff run

Ethan Tait

Didier Drogba is class. One of the most feared strikers in Premier League history and a hero at Stamford Bridge. 

Nowadays, Drogba plays his football in the MLS for the Montreal Impact. His arrival midseason in 2015 brought 11 goals in as many games and throughly showed his ability as a footballer.

This past season, Drogba still managed to put up a solid stat line of 10 goals and six assists in 22 matches for the Impact. With his help, the Impact were able to make the playoffs, but an end of the season fit caused Drogba to be absent from the Montreal’s wild-card match up against DC United.

Towards the end of the season, Drogba was angry that he wasn’t included in the starting XI for a match against Toronto FC and then refused to play in the game at all. Sorry, Drogs, pouting isn’t a good look.

Without Drogba in the side, the Impact were trounced 3-0 in the regular season finale that took away home field advantage for the wild card round. The saga continued when he didn’t play in the game against DC United, but traveled to watch the match and live tweeted from the stands. Evidently, a phantom injury of some sort has kept him from playing, but it seems as if a bruised ego is a better diagnosis.

It appears all is well with the Chelsea legend and the Montreal Impact, but his return would be more of a distraction to the side than anything.

Drogba’s last goal for the club was scored on September 17, nearly a month a half ago. He’s a quality player, a natural goal scorer, and one of Montreal’s designated players, but the side proved capable of taking down a quality DC United team without him.

The Red Bulls will be a tough test with the dual threat of Sacha Klejstan and Bradley Wright-Phillips, but Montreal can do it without Didier Drogba. Goal scoring doesn’t seem to be the issue for Montreal at the moment with Ignacio Piatti and Matteo Mancosu¬†providing the threat up top.

Manager Mauro Biello will most likely play Drogba because of his status and goal scoring record, but Montreal should be optimistic going forward as they can get it done without Drogba in the side.

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