With Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole departing Stamford Bridge this summer, there was one giant vacuum available for a Chelsea legend to come in and retake his spot as an icon for the West London club.
And Didier Drogba, both figuratively and literally, is plenty big enough for the task.
Against Werder Bremen on Sunday, the giant Ivorian made his second Chelsea debut, replacing Spanish striker Diego Costa at halftime with the Blues 2-0 down. Drogba pointed to the sky as he jogged on the pitch, and later captained the side after John Terry had been withdrawn.
It was an emotional moment, the last time the former Marseille striker wore a Blues shirt on the pitch he had just scored the winning penalty in the Champions League final shootout win over Bayern Munich in 2012.
Chelsea fans, players and Drogba himself may never have thought he would get the chance to return to the club he loves, but just two years later, he was back at where Jose Mourinho called "his home."
With Romelu Lukaku being sold, there is every chance that the man who scored a huge 157 goals in 341 games in his earlier 8-year stint with the Blues will get plenty of game time in the upcoming season.
Sporting his number 15 shirt, Chelsea fans can relax with the knowledge they'll see plenty more of their hero in the months to come.
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