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Former Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari has revealed the two Chelsea players that contributed to his sacking as Chelsea manager.
The Brazilian arrived Stamford Bridge with a stellar reputation to replace Avram Grant in 2008 – but within seven months he had been axed.
According to Scolari, disagreements between Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka contributed to his sacking as Chelsea manager.
“I had a form of leadership that clashed with one or two players,” Scolari told Yellow and Green Football via Daily Mail.
When asked to specify which players in particular he was referring to, he pointed the finger at Anelka and Drogba.
Drogba got injured and Anelka thrived in Drogba’s absence and when both were available for Scolari, Anelka was the league’s leading goalscorer with 19.
When Drogba returned, Scolari tried to find a way to get the two players to co-exist but it proved harder than he had imagined.
Scolari said: “Anelka was the top scorer in the league. We had a meeting and Anelka said, ‘I only play in one position’. So, there was a bit of a lack of friendship, of respect, of trying to play together with Drogba.
“That was when it changed a bit. But we’ve met since then, me and Drogba. The last time was in Russia in 2018. We spoke openly about it.
“There wasn’t any ill intention from him or Anelka. But it happened and I lost out on one of the great chances of my life.”
“I wanted to keep working in England. I would work at any club. I think it’s marvellous,” he added.
“We went to play against Portsmouth and Sunderland. In stadiums that hold 20,000 people, 19,000 are cheering for the team of their city. I think that’s really beautiful. They don’t support the big clubs, they support their clubs.”