Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Benitez wary of Drogba threatrics

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez said Sunday he would be calling on officials to keep a close eye on Didier Drogba's theatrics in their midweek Champions League semi-final second leg at Chelsea.

Benitez believes Blues striker Drogba goes down far too easily.

“With Drogba, it's important to have a good referee,” the Spaniard said.

“You can't do anything, but I will say it because it was so clear. He is amazing because he is massive.

“It's very impressive. I have a lot of clips of him from over the years and he surprises me. After four years, I expected it.”

Benitez said he had compiled clips of Drogba during Liverpool's many matches against Chelsea since he became manager.

The Spaniard was unhappy at what he perceives as preferential treatment for the striker at Anfield in Tuesday night's first leg which ended 1-1.

“We've played against Chelsea 19 games and every time I have collected some clips of Drogba,” Benitez explained.

“I have shown them to some of the players. I think that (Martin) Skrtel and Carra (Jamie Carragher) were really good against him the other day, the only problem was the referee was giving fouls. And it was not the same with (Fernando) Torres.”

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