Drogba reveals OM emotions
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba admits emotions were running high as he suffered defeat against old club Marseille.
By Jamie Casey
Last Updated: 08/12/10 10:57pm
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba admits emotions were running high as he suffered defeat against old club Marseille on Wednesday.
The Blues went down 1-0 in France in their final UEFA Champions League Group F game, having already sealed top spot, as their wretched run of form continues.
Drogba, 32, moved to London from Marseille more than six years ago and has become a worldwide star after making his name in his sole season at Stade Velodrome.
Despite defeat on Wednesday, the Ivory Coast international is happy to have featured and lauded the home support for their generous reception.
"It was emotional to be out there," he told Sky Sports. "With the crowd, it's a fantastic atmosphere.
"It was difficult for me to play, but I'm really happy that I was here.
"I'm disappointed with the defeat. We had a good first half and we conceded one goal, so it's frustrating."
Russian referee Vladislav Bezborodov awarded the visitors a first-half penalty only to change his mind as Florent Malouda was adjudged to have dived inside the box.
Drogba would have had no qualms about taking the spot-kick, but questioned the referee's actions in overturning his original decision.
"I'm wearing a Chelsea shirt, so I would have scored if I had the chance," said Drogba.
"He changed his mind. He gave a penalty and then he said Florent dived. If he dived, you need to give him a yellow card.
"It's not usual to change a decision like this. It changed the game. One-nil to us would have been a different game."