Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho says young star is ‘completely different’ to club legend Didier Drogba

Blues boss refuses to compare Romelu Lukaku to Drogba. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has dismissed comparisons between Didier Drogba and...

Blues boss refuses to compare Romelu Lukaku to Drogba.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has dismissed comparisons between Didier Drogba and Romelu Lukaku, insisting the duo are ‘completely different’ players.

Powerful Belgian youngster Lukaku, 20, has been likened to Blues’ legend Drogba, who was signed by Mourinho during his first stint at Stamford Bridge in 2004 and went on to become one of the greatest players in the club’s illustrious history.

Lukaku enjoyed a fine campaign on loan at West Brom last term, netting 17 times in the Premier League, and was widely expected to challenge for a spot in the Chelsea first team under Mourinho this season.

But the youngster was packed off on loan to Everton on deadline day, after the Blues landed Cameroonian star Samuel Eto’o on a free transfer.

The Toffees beat Chelsea 1-0 at Goodison Park on Sunday, with Lukaku unveiled to the home crowd before kick off.

And Mourinho has stressed that the young forward is not the next Drogba.

“No, no. They are not the same profile. It is one thing to be the same kind of body – it is another to be the same kind of player. They are completely different,” Mourinho said of Lukaku and Drogba, who scored over 150 goals for Chelsea.

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“Drogba made his history in here and Drogba is gone. Now there is no Drogba. I enjoyed that period of my career but that period has gone. There is no way back.

“We have a different profile of player and we have to play according to the qualities of these players. We are not unbeatable.

“This is a different team. I came here to work with time, to develop the players and play the best they and we can. We have to be effective, be adult and not to be naive. We have to transform the beautiful football we played into goals.

“I am happy to work the team in that direction. There were some fast combinations and it was very nice. But it is also very nice when the ball touches the net. We have what we have. We have to work this way and, one day, we are going to score four or five.”

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