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Former Ballon D’Or Winner Explains How Drogba Changed English Football

A former Ballon d’Or winner believes that Chelsea legend Didier Drogba’s arrival in England changed the role of the striker in the Premier League.

The Ivorian joined the Blues from French side Marseille in 2004 and was quickly thrust into Jose Mourinho’s 4-3-3 formation at the time, playing as a lone striker, and former Liverpool and Manchester United striker Michael Owen feels that Drogba’s style of play encouraged other managers to change the way they used forwards.

« When I was growing up, there was always two strikers who worked together – a big man and a little man, » Owen said in new FourFourTwo Films documentary The Art of Goalscoring

« But I think the introduction of Drogba at Chelsea changed the way people thought about strikers. Managers began to realise they could get a big man to do a little bit of everything. »

The former Ivory Coast international’s two spells at Stamford Bridge lasted nine years altogether, and he won the UEFA Champions League, four Premier League titles, four FA Cups and three League Cups with the Blues.


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