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Drogba: Mourinho Made Me A Winner

Didier Drogba has admitted Chelsea will always hold a special place in his heart but is eager to fire Galatasaray into the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Drogba, whose last kick for Chelsea was the winning penalty in their 2012 Champions League triumph over Bayern Munich, is preparing for an emotional return to Stamford Bridge in the return leg.

"People know how much I love the club and the fans,” the Ivorian said.

"I can't forget what I've done there and all the memories of the club. Chelsea will always have a special place in my heart. And in my life."

"I will still be happy to score because I also want to qualify for the next round. But you have to show respect."

The 35-year-old still feels he has a lot to offer and could prove a major threat when the Turkish side host Chelsea in Istanbul on Wednesday night.

"It's impossible to stop time but it's possible, with your intelligence on the pitch and your experience, to play at a high level even for two or three more years," he continued.

"Your team-mates will know you are not the same, like 10 or 15 years before, and they have to support you.

"It also depends on the desire to play. I feel young. I want to play even when it's a friendly. I still feel like a kid running after the ball. I want to play as much as I can.

"It's not only about your physique, it's also about the confidence the manager gives you. When you have the confidence of the manager, believe me, you can do great things."

Drogba joined Chelsea from Marseille in 2004, and revealed that he wasn’t sure whether it would be the right time leave the French side where he felt like a ‘king’.

"The year that I left for Chelsea, it was the first time that I had been playing in the Champions League and my second year in the top French league, so I was not sure if I could make it," he recalled.

“I didn't want to leave Marseille; I was the king. To stay would be the safe choice. But he (Mourinho) sold it to me.

"You are a good player but if you want to be the best then come and play for me.

"I learned so much working with Jose. He's one of the best, if not the best, of all the managers I've worked with.

"He educated us to hate losing. Sometimes, in training, you could play three or four games of five minutes without a goal. It shows you the intensity of training."

Does Drogba still have enough fire-power to threaten Chelsea’s Champions League progress? Have your say in the comment section below.

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