In his final game (again) as a Chelsea player, Didier Drogba led the team out as captain, played for less than half an hour and then was pulled off for Diego Costa. After the match, Jose Mourinho confirmed that the move was planned out in advance and that the Ivorian had actually played for longer than he expected. All well and good in what amounted to a glorified friendly.
But was no normal substitution. Blues fans around the world all got to savour the image of a club icon being plucked off the turf by his teammates and carried to the edge of the pitch, a moment that not even the grumpy bastards who think that football should be entirely serious all the time. But as it turns out, that part wasn't in the manager's plans:
Jose says it was John Terry's idea for Drogba to start as captain today, and the players idea to chair him off the pitch. #CFC— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 24, 2015
(Drogba also confirmed that Terry was the man to start the lift).
I love this team, and I love how much this team loves this team.