Kevin McCarra

Kevin McCarra

    At this time of the year, it can feel as if the football programme is packed with rehearsals while the true drama lies weeks or months ahead.

    Chelsea are deserved champions four years after they last lifted the English Premier League trophy.

    As if they were not busy enough striving for trophies, the top four in the English Premier League have to deliver major stories as well.

    Goals give a player authority. With his commanding drive that delivered a 1-0 win over Barcelona at Stamford Bridge, Didier Drogba played like a leader of the Chelsea team and also spoke like one afterwards. At present he has a higher status than at any point since he moved to England two years ago. The Ivorian knows that he has not so much hit a new peak as belatedly rediscovered his old self.