Barclays Premier League 2015 season started on 16 August 2014 ended on May 24th, 2015. The competition was among the best in the English Premier League fixtures which can be remembered by every club in Europe especially Chelsea F.C. that will loose one of their strikers and a legend in the club. Didier Drogba was carried from the pitch by his team-mates following 28 minutes of his last appearance in the Premier League match against Sunderland.
Didier Drogba joined Chelsea from Marseille in 2004 and played a key role in the team that won back the trophy this year. His last appearance for Chelsea reached an emotional and prominent end at Stamford Bridge on Sunday as the striker was carried from the pitch by his teammates following his substitution by Diego Costa in the first half of the game.
The Ivorian was given the role of captain during the match with Sunderland after declaring his intention to leave Chelsea after this weekend’s last round of Premier League games. Having missed an opportunity to break the deadlock in the fifth played minutes, the striker was taken off following 28 minutes to a cheerful applause from the home fans.
However, nobody inside the pitch could have foreseen how Drogba would leave the pitch. Although, some of his team-mates had a plan already, Drogba’s fellow team mates immediately gathered around him and made the strange walk of carrying the 37-year-old off the pitch to demonstrate their respect for his support of the club. Indeed, even the referee, Lee Mason joined in with a round of praises given to the veteran striker.
After the match Drogba stood beside John Terry as the Chelsea captain and received the Premier League trophy and then addressed the crowd. Below are his words:
“It’s a difficult moment for me.” This one is really special, because it’s going to be the last one as a (Chelsea) player. “I want to thank first of all (owner) Mr Abramovich, because people keep talking about the amount of money he put into this club, but I think it’s a great investment looking at all the great years we’ve had and we’ve won everything.
“I want to say thank you also to (manager) Jose (Mourinho). You know how special he is for me. He gave me the chance to come back and the chance to come to this club.
“I want to say thank you to all my ex-team-mates, all the managers I played for under this shirt and a special thank you for this guy because without him and most of his assists there would not be the Didier Drogba celebration: (former Chelsea midfielder) Frank Lampard, thank you.”