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Drogba: Chelsea strong as first Premier League-winning side

CLUB LEGEND: Drogba (PA)

DIDIER DROGBA first arrived as a new recruit at Chelsea over ten years ago, a marquee signing by Jose Mourinho who had just taken over the reigns at the west London club. Chelsea have enjoyed much success during the next decade – three league titles and a Champions League trophy – and Drogba, who spearheaded the attack all those years ago, believes the current squad is just as good as the 2004 vintage.

Like in 2004, the Ivorian is likely to start against Manchester United as Chelsea face another big test of their title credentials on Sunday (Oct 26) at Old Trafford.

The powerful striker is only in line for a start due to injuries problems affecting first and second choice hitmen Diego Costa and Loic Remy, but, despite Chelsea’s depleted forward options, Drogba believes Mourinho’s men have enough quality to match the previous side that wore blue ten years ago.

Acknowledging the present and past teams have “different strengths and different qualities”, the Blues striker said: “I think Chelsea will always be at this level because of what the players before us created.

“The habit of winning trophies, winning big games and being in the last four and the finals. This is a good habit. Even when we stop I think Chelsea will continue this because this is a kind of legacy.”

On the matter of this weekend’s visit to Manchester, Drogba added: “It’s up to the manager to decide who’s going to start, but if you were a player how would you feel if they say you can play at Old Trafford? You’ll be happy.

“We’re doing a great job and to be able to enjoy these kind of moments is fantastic.”

Chelsea are five points clear at the top of the table on 22 points, while United languish further down in mid-table with only 12 points from eight games.

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