Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 September 2014

Drogba calls on Chelsea to focus

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has said the players have to focus on winning games rather than off-field changes at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea have seen their Barclays Premier League form suffer with recent defeats to Liverpool, Sunderland and Birmingham and the speculation following the departure of coach Ray Wilkins has added to the pressure.

With Carlo Ancelotti making it clear he is not about to depart the club in the build-up to the Champions League tie with MSK Zilina, a win tonight was paramount.

Goals from Daniel Sturridge and Florent Malouda sealed a comeback 2-1 win after Bello Babatounde had opened the scoring for the visitors in the Group F tie.

Drogba said: "The manager made it clear that he is here and I think we have to focus on the games, on the results.

"We have to try to resolve our problems because we are not paying well.

"We don't speak about this (speculation over Ancelotti's future). We stayed focused on the game we lost against Birmingham. We wanted to go back to winning ways."

Drogba admitted the players missed Wilkins but he and Sturridge also gave their backing to Michael Emenalo who has moved up top fill the void.

Drogba added on Sky Sports 4: "Of course we miss Ray but the players are still the same.

"If we are losing it is not because Ray has gone, it is down to the players."

Sturridge said: "Ray's departure, we were sad to see him go. Mike's taken over in the job and we respect Mike as well."

Ancelotti preferred to focus on the result which earned Chelsea qualification.

He said: "We reached our aim, we won the group. It was a very good reaction in the second half (against Zilina).

"I spoke yesterday about this (speculation over his future) and now we want to play football."

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