Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has revealed the importance of the goal he scored in last night’s game against Maribor, stating that he needed to take the penalty, as reported by the Daily Star.
The Ivorian international made his return to the Blues this summer, confirming an emotional reunion with the manager who had such a huge impact on his football career.
Jose Mourinho was forced to introduce Drogba from the substitute’s bench in the Champions League game last night, with Loic Remy having suffered an injury during the tie.
He went on to score from the penalty spot in the 6-0 demolition of the Slovenian side.
It was, in fact, the first goal that Drogba has scored for the Stamford Bridge side since his return, and the previous strike that he put away was his famous effort against Bayern Munich, winning the Champions League back in 2012.
“I needed to score that goal and he [Hazard] said yes and this is the spirit we have in this team,” the Ivory Coast star said.
“We share goals and we are happy when everyone is scoring and they helped me with my confidence.
“I am happy because of the way we played. We scored two goals and we didn’t stop, we continued to play and that is the result.
“The team is young with a lot of qualities and there is still room for improvement.
“The changing room is fantastic and the winning spirit is coming. The desire to score goals and win games together as a team is good.”
Chelsea face Man Utd at the weekend.
Chelsea have been dealt a blow prior to their key clashes against Sporting Lisbon and Arsenal, after it was revealed that their veteran striker Didier Drogba has been ruled out for the next two weeks, as reported by the Daily Star.
This means that he will miss tonight’s clash with Sporting in the Champions League, and Sunday’s important Premier League clash against title rivals Arsenal.
It was expected that Drogba would play a role tonight, having surprisingly started Chelsea’s clash with Schalke in the opening match of the group stage of Europe’s elite competition.
However, it is now believed that Spain international Diego Costa will start the game against Sporting tonight, despite his fitness woes.
The Brazilian born striker has had hamstring problems since moving to Stamford Bridge, and needs special attention to manage the issue.
This could come as a boost to Arsenal, who might find the striker to be below par as a result of his excursions against Sporting tonight.
Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has said that the club’s £32 million summer signing Diego Costa is exactly what the Stamford Bridge side needed to take them to another level, and that he feels the player has a lot of similarities to him from when he first arrived in the Premier League, as reported by the Daily Star.
Costa has begun his life in English football in immense form, scoring seven goals in only four appearances for the Blues. They have romped to top spot in the Premier League, winning all four of their games thus far, and the clinical nature of Costa’s play has played a big role in that.
Drogba also arrived this summer on a free transfer, returning to the club where he first made his name. Looking at his new teammate, he has praised him effusively, but also said that he has the potential to become a hero, given that he shares many of the same characteristics as the Ivorian striker.
He said: “Like me, he came to this level a little bit late. When I look at him, I can see the desire to win every challenge, to score goals. He’s very good.
“He’s hungry for goals and that’s the best thing for a team like us.
“I think for him to start the season in England, coming from Spain, which is a very different league, and to recreate the same thing he was doing at Atletico, is fantastic.
“He’s really good and he’s enjoying playing here and being with us.
“That’s the best feeling he could have. He’s the striker we needed this season.”