Chelsea hero Didier Drogba insists that he still needs time to get back up to speed of the Premier League, but says he is ready for any challenge nonetheless; starting with United.
At 36-years-old, Drogba is no longer Chelsea’s number one star striker, but he still offers something different to the Blues attacking line-up.
With Diego Costa and Loic Remy both nursing injuries, Drogba may be told to lead the Chelsea line against arch rivals Manchester United; a challenge that the Ivorian says he will relish.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Drogba said, “I still need time because I didn’t play for two or three months before coming back. Then I had an injury that kept me out for a while so I need more games. But I’m training hard to get back to full fitness.
“It is a long time since my last Chelsea goal. When I took the penalty on Tuesday I was smiling because that’s the way I left the club.
“To start scoring with a penalty again is quite symbolic. And I put it in the same place as I did in Munich.
“I’m a striker and, even if I am making assists and making space for others, it is good to score.
“It’s up to the manager to decide who is going to start on Sunday but, if you were a player, how would you feel if they said you can play at Old Trafford? You would be happy. I’m ready.
“I remember that game against United in 2010. Both goals were fantastic. It was a very good feeling to win there. We had the feeling we’d won the league, even if there were more games to go.”
Drogba suggested that United will be no walkovers despite their poor form of late; “United are a threat. We need to go there with strength and our belief, but we have to know that they are a good team.
“This Chelsea team is good. We will always be at this level because of what the players before have created – that habit of winning trophies, winning big games and being in semi-finals and finals. That is a good habit. Even when we stop, Chelsea will continue that, because it is a kind of legacy.
“Maybe United will need time to catch us. That’s why I say this club is special because, from our first season together in 2004, we had to win. We had big expectations from the start. That’s the legacy. You have to win at this club.
“This Chelsea have different qualities.
“They are still as strong and as good as previous teams but I don’t believe there are no weaknesses. Every team has weaknesses. We are working to reduce them.”
Chelsea may be without star man Diego Costa, but one thing is for sure…Didier is back!