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      Didier Drogba said Fernando Torres found it difficult when he moved from Liverpool to Chelsea because he was just one of “22 kings” at Stamford Bridge.

      Chelsea, then under Carlo Ancelotti, broke the British transfer record when they signed Torres from Liverpool in January 2011 for 0„550 million, but the Spain international was never able to recapture the form he had shown at Anfield.

      Drogba said in his autobiography, “Commitment,” that Torres had struggled to adapt after joining the reigning Premier League and FA Cup winners.

      “With all due respect to Liverpool, at that club, Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres had been the kings,” Drogba wrote. “At Chelsea, there were 22 kings. So I really felt for Nando, because I knew how difficult the situation was for him.”

      He added: “At Liverpool, the team was geared around him as their main striker. It wasn't that others couldn't score — they could — but they fed him the ball, they structured the team around him with the aim that he would score. That's not how it was at Chelsea.”

      Drogba's form had been suffering after a bout of malaria at the time of the Torres deal, and he added: “As I was 32, people inevitably started to think, 'Ah, he's not what he was before, he's over the hill.'

      “Suddenly Fernando Torres was signed, partly because I had been ill and partly because, as they told me, they wanted to start preparing the succession, the time when I was no longer around. 'OK, I'm not done yet, but hey, no problem!' I felt like saying.

      “I understood the club's point of view, though. They had to anticipate, and I had to accept.”

      However, Drogba said “the manager completely changed the system to accommodate” Torres.

      Ancelotti said after leaving Chelsea that Drogba would have to be sold if Torres were to thrive because he “tends to swallow up all his competitors,” but the Ivorian said he did all he could to help the new arrival.

      Drogba said: “I wanted him to fit in, so I had to change the way I was playing. I went a bit wider, or dropped back a bit more, like a fake No. 10, and he would be on his own up-front.

      “For the previous two years, I had been playing centrally up-front alongside Nicolas Anelka and finishing the moves. We were now adapting in order for Nando to fit into the team, and that didn't really work.”

      Source:  http://m.espn.go.com/soccer/story?storyId=2717924&top&wjb=

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      Ancelotti said,' Drogba tends to swallow up all his competitors'
      I really wonder whether it's through Ogun ibile or magic arts.

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      Ancelotti said,' Drogba tends to swallow up all his competitors'
      I really wonder whether it's through Ogun ibile or magic arts.

      Lol…African magic at work.

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      I really wondered then why d likes of Shevchencko, Torres, suddenly became lousy players. suddenly.

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