Droopy grumpy levelly bubbly; THE MANY MOODS OF DIDIER DROGBA.
CHELSEA 2 Drogba 21, Lampard 72
EVERTON 1 Saha 1
DIDIER DROGBA can elate, frustrate and infuriate.
The Ivory Coast striker has the characteristics of a chameleon. You rarely know who is going to turn up.
Chelsea fans are divided about his worth. One week he's a hero, the next a villain, throwing a petulant tantrum.
You get the impression a session on the shrink's couch wouldn't go amiss.
Which Drogba would grace - or disgrace - this occasion? For 20 minutes his demeanour was all wrong and left you wondering if the red mist was about to descend.
In fact, after Everton took their record-breaking lead on 25 seconds, Drogba started to slouch around like he was carrying the world's financial problems on his shoulders.
The arms constantly came up in frustration, and at one point he even read the riot act to strike partner Nicolas Anelka for not giving him enough support up front.
Then in an instant Drogba's blues evaporated.
Frank Lampard found Florent Malouda in acres of space down the left and his cross was clinically nodded home. They say goals change games - but in Drogba's case you could argue it brings about a change of personality.
His fifth goal in domestic cup finals, too. Some record.
But even with the Blues dominating the game, as half-time approached Drogba started to slump into a sulk again.
The second half sparked another change as Drogba tried to impose himself more. But the frustrations were evident until he almost extended the lead at the near post.
And the way he greeted Lampard's goal in the 72nd minute you would have thought it was Drogba's own.
The one time he did get upset with an official came with 11 minutes to play and you could argue he had a point, after Malouda's incredible 35-yard drive bounced down from the underside of the crossbar and appeared to cross the line.
The linesman waved play on.
Thankfully, afterwards Drogba did not need to complain about this official's mistake.
In fact, it seems nothing beats winning the FA Cup when it comes to cheering you up. The way Drogba raced towards his supporters suggests he might be hanging around Stamford Bridge for a few more seasons. If he's on his best behaviour.
SMILES: Drogba, Cole and Malouda BEWARE OF THE DROG: Didier Drogba outjumps Joleon Lescott to make it 1-1
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|Publication:||Sunday Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||May 31, 2009|
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