The public love affair between Didier Drogba and his former Chelsea manager continues with the Ivorian announcing it was Mourinho who made him become one of Europe’s most feared strikers.
Drogba was one of Mourinho’s first signings when he took over as manager at Stamford Bridge in 2004 and he has helped the club to win six trophies during Mourinho’s first tenure at the club.
‘King’ Drogba and Chelsea are up for an emotional reunion after The Blues and Galatasaray Istanbul have been drawn in the last-16 of the Champions League.
The Ivorian striker, who scored 157 goals at Stamford Bridge, revealed that Mourinho turned him into a world-class striker and one of Europe’s best.
"When Chelsea were thinking of signing me, it was Mourinho who came to see me," Drogba told The Sun.
"He said 'If you want to be a great forward like Thierry Henry or Ruud van Nistelrooy, you have to come and play with me in England, at Chelsea'.
"It's true that I was a good player in the French league at the time but he made me one of the best in Europe. That's why I, for Jose, was capable of going to the ends of the earth."
Drogba says that Mourinho, who returned to Stamford Bridge in the summer after a six-year absence, revolutionised the 2004 Chelsea-side by instilling a winning mentality throughout the squad.
"Before Jose arrived Chelsea had good players. John Terry and Frank Lampard were quality players," added Drogba.
"When I arrived I already knew how to play football. Petr Cech also knew how to play football. But Jose transformed good players into winning players. We only thought about winning.
"He adores winning. The majority of coaches arrive at a club and say 'I'll try to win but it'll be difficult'. He says 'I'm here to win' and he wins. That makes him special.
"Even after Mourinho left, that winning mentality stayed there. He left that legacy at Chelsea."
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