Didier Drogba “ready” to face Manchester United on Sunday

Drogba set to start for Chelsea at Old Trafford due to injuries to Diego Costa and Loic Remy

Didier Drogba “ready” to face Manchester United on Sunday

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Andy

October 24th, 2014

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Didier Drogba has been a bit-part player for Chelsea since returning to Stamford Bridge for a second stint but you might not bet against the striker making a significant impact for the Blues this season.

Perhaps the veteran striker will make his mark on Sunday, with Drogba ready for action in the wake of Loic Remy picking up a groin injury against Maribor on Tuesday, with Diego Costa also a doubt for the game due to a hamstring injury.

Drogba has plenty of big-game experience as Chelsea look to keep the competition at arm’s length at the top of the Premier League, with Jose Mourinho considering whether to start with the Ivorian.

He 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 (in the 2012 Champions League final).

“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 added on a reunion with United, who are now under the guidance of Louis van Gaal: “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.”

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