Drogba is set to return from an ankle injury but Diego Costa is expected to lead the line, with the 36-year-old admitting the Spain international’s form could be crucial in deciding the title race while defending criticism over the striker’s physical approach.

Drogba: ‘He had a very good start and we are here to help him improve, to continue to keep his record because we need him to score goals. He is an important man in our team. A bit like with me, people forget that technically he’s gifted,’ he said. ‘He can play good football. I think it’s a bit unfair to say he is a physical player. I think his technique is great and he can score fantastic goals. He is a complete striker.’ 

Didier Drogba is not concerned if Chelsea lose 10 Premier League games this season - provided they win the title when it is all over. 

Drogba: ’We just want to be top of the League, to win the League. Even if we lose five or 10 games and win the League, for me it’s a very good season.