War of words ahead of Chelsea clash

A number of today’s papers highlight the fall-out from Chelsea striker Didier Drogba apparently mocking his team’s Champions League opponents Benfica.

Drogba was filmed on Chelsea TV appearing to sarcastically quake with fear after the quarter-final draw was made.

It drew a response from Benfica boss Jorge Jesus, who said: “Any reply to Drogba we will give on the field.

“We eliminated Manchester United this season and Sporting Lisbon put out Manchester City — that should indicate the strengths of Portuguese football.”

Meanwhile, Benfica skipper Luisao has declared that Chelsea are a team in decline.

He is quoted as saying:  “Chelsea have improved in the last few weeks, but they are not the strong team they once were. I see they have just failed to win at home against Tottenham.”

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