Tuesday 12 December 2017

Scolari: I wanted to sell troublemaker Drogba

Luiz Felipe Scolari admits he had trouble controlling the Chelsea dressing-room during his ill-fated spell as at Stamford Bridge -- and wanted to sell star striker Didier Drogba.

The Brazilian, who spent seven months as Blues manager in 2008-09 -- before a dismal run of results led to his sacking -- revealed that a poor relationship with some players meant his stint in West London was a testing one.

"I didn't leave Chelsea because of sabotage from the players, but it is true that it was difficult to control the dressing-room," he said.

"Drogba believed he was the star in the squad and I did have conflicts with him. He wanted to go to a hospital in Paris because of an injury, but I said no.

"That was my first problem because (Nicolas) Anelka did well in his absence and scored many goals. When Drogba came back he wanted to go straight back into the team but I said no."

Scolari says he set his sights on signing Brazil ace Robinho, while he wanted Adriano as a replacement for Drogba, but claims owner Roman Abramovich blocked both moves.

Scolari also said Michael Ballack was jealous of his midfield rival Deco and refused to talk to him.

"Ballack wanted to be one of the owners of the dressing-room and the relationship with the German was not easy," he said.

"He seemed jealous of Deco, did not want his arrival and I had to explain that I was the coach and it was up to me. I wanted Deco to work it out with Ballack, but it wasn't possible. They didn't speak to each other."

Irish Independent

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