Former Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has opened up on how he didn’t see eye to eye with Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka during his time with the club.
Scolari succeeded Avram Grant at Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2008, and arrived in the capital with a rich reputation in the game.
The veteran guided Brazil to the World Cup in 2002, and got off to the perfect start at Stamford Bridge by guiding the Blues to a 12-match unbeaten run in his first few months in charge.
But after results turned sour over the Christmas period, Solari ended up being sacked just seven months into his tenure after a disappointing 0-0 draw at home to Hull City.
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And Scolari has now revealed the “problems” he faced on a daily basis at the Bridge, and named some of the club’s stars who were difficult to deal with.
“Chelsea had some problems with injuries, some problems in the team. I had a form of leadership that clashed with one or two players,” he told Yellow and Green Football.
Before replying with: “Anelka and Drogba,” when asked which players he had issues with.
“Our medical department thought that we should let Drogba go and recover [from surgery] in Cannes, in the middle of summer,” Scolari added.
“I thought he should stay in London. I’d also like to go to Cannes in the middle of summer. I’d stay there for a month, two months, enjoying myself.
“When he came back, I tried to adapt so that Drogba and Anelka could play together. Anelka was the top scorer in the league. We had a meeting and Anelka said: ‘I only play in one position’.
Chelsea during the break
“So, there was a bit of a lack of friendship, of respect, of trying to play together with Drogba. They were both great, but someone had to do something different, to get back to help when we lost the ball.