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Maybe he decided that he couldn't see the point of playing as he had been already told Carlo was getting sacked regardless - same as a couple of the others who weren't in the squad but seemed fine on Thursday night.

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Maybe he decided that he couldn't see the point of playing as he had been already told Carlo was getting sacked regardless - same as a couple of the others who weren't in the squad but seemed fine on Thursday night.

I wondered whether it was something like that. Or if he took being started on the bench as a sign that he wasn't wanted anymore and through a strop.

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Maybe he decided that he couldn't see the point of playing as he had been already told Carlo was getting sacked regardless - same as a couple of the others who weren't in the squad but seemed fine on Thursday night.

We honestly havent got to the situation where players 'cant see the point in playing' have we ?!!! As if its their call to make!

Personally i dont think we should read too much into it and just accept the reason given. Perhaps there actually was an issue with his thigh, picked up in training or something...

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Given the virulent abuse a lot of the team have been getting all season in the Match threads and elsewhere, I think it's highly likely that a lot of people had already formed the view that players "can't see the point in playing" How many posts have there been this season saying "<insert hate-figure of your choice> just isn't trying, can't be arsed, has no passion, is being picked on reputation, not ability"?

All I can say is that Drogba has a reputation for having emotional responses, either for (JM) or against (Scolari) and I can see that he could have had such a response on Sunday.

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Drogba's attitude has always been an indicator of the squad's form. When he isn't bothered something is wrong. When he is a monster the squad has a good chemistry. Remember when Scolari was in charge, Drogba did nothing. Guus came and he was the best player in prem instantly.

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Drogba's attitude has always been an indicator of the squad's form. When he isn't bothered something is wrong. When he is a monster the squad has a good chemistry. Remember when Scolari was in charge, Drogba did nothing. Guus came and he was the best player in prem instantly.

That's why we'll be better off without him next season.

Lets hope the incoming manager is his own man and has a bit of bollocks about him (that said, anyone with those credentials probably need not apply).

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That's why we'll be better off without him next season.

Lets hope the incoming manager is his own man and has a bit of bollocks about him (that said, anyone with those credentials probably need not apply).

Nonsense, Drogba is the only good striker we have at the moment, I struggle to see how we will be "better off" without him

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Nonsense, Drogba is the only good striker we have at the moment, I struggle to see how we will be "better off" without him

He's good when he's in the mood. When he isn't the whole team suffers. This is about Chelsea NOT Drogba and IMO we'll be a better TEAM when Drogba moves on (along with a few others).

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He's good when he's in the mood. When he isn't the whole team suffers. This is about Chelsea NOT Drogba and IMO we'll be a better weaker TEAM when Drogba moves on (along with a few others).

Fixed Nibsie!

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Drogba is not captain, its not his job to dictate to the team, and they shouldn't be affected by his mood swings. I don't see how his mood affects the whole squad. Normally when he goes into his moody spells, Anelka steps up (e.g. the Scolari days).

I can see why when he's off form, the team doesn't play well, though. Obviously he is the main man, the focal point, and if he's having a bad day our attack is also having a bad day.

And he is easily the best striker in our team at the moment. Anelka looks to be past it, while Torres will make Shevchenko look like a good signing.

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how can any team be better off without drogba! even when he's on the bench he has an impact, when he warms up, players run to him when they score, and do i really need to talk about his talents when he's on that pitch, he can defend brilliantly and can score a goal out of nothing aswell as having strength in abundance and his experience is invaluable. I can handle him going off his own accord but if he is forced out it will piss me off, to those that think torres is the way forward, how many of you disagreed whenever a scouse mug told you he was better than drogba when at liverpool? i cannot believe that people would want drogba to go, he loves our fans and i certainly love him, if he goes it will sadden me, especially if it means anelka staying (or kalou)

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I agree with Nibs in a way, there's no denying how good a player Drogba is but I think what has been shown since January is that we've got too many players that have forgotten how to play football, we've relyed on just playing to Drogba's strenghts which as he's getting older and spending more time short of 100% we need to be able to play a different way. Add to that I think he does seem to have too much of a say on what happens with the squad, he's the type of character that people look up to and want to follow (no criticism there) and at times that can be very important I think that more often in recent times it has hindered the team. As someone else said if he's not interested too many others also appear disinterested.

I'd love him to stay but only if he's totally committed to the club, the manager and happy to take more of a back seat for the first team.

If he does go he'll leave having done more for the club in terms of achieving the glory than most through our history.

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how can any team be better off without drogba! even when he's on the bench he has an impact, when he warms up, players run to him when they score, and do i really need to talk about his talents when he's on that pitch, he can defend brilliantly and can score a goal out of nothing aswell as having strength in abundance and his experience is invaluable. I can handle him going off his own accord but if he is forced out it will piss me off, to those that think torres is the way forward, how many of you disagreed whenever a scouse mug told you he was better than drogba when at liverpool? i cannot believe that people would want drogba to go, he loves our fans and i certainly love him, if he goes it will sadden me, especially if it means anelka staying (or kalou)

This.

He is the best striker in the Premiership, and the most versatile striker in the world. Who else can play as a muscly lone striker, a poacher, a forward who drops deep to draw defenders out of position, a quick and tricky forward, all simultaneously and at the age of 33?

Certainly not Fernando Torres.

We have to keep him, at least as someone who can come off the bench and change the game.

We don't exactly have suitors queuing up either, it would be suicidal to sell him to another PL team, while Real have cooled their interest, and I doubt any American club can afford his wages. Marseille appear to be the only contenders we can actually sell to, but can they afford his wages and more than 10 million on a 33 year old?

If we really need to get rid of someone to accomodate for Torres, it should be Anelka. There's no reason why we can't quickly alternate between styles, start Drogba to tire out the defenders while playing our usual 4-3-3, then bring on Torres and change the system to suit him. And we can do it the other way as well; just because we can't play both at the same time doesn't mean one has to go.

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Time to say goodbye, we cant move forward and evolve the team with Drogba still on the scene, he's a legend, written in stone, but if a new manager comes in and decides he doesnt need him and wants to rebuild without him, it's ok with me.

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