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Friday 9 October 2015

Drogba gets seal of approval from Chelsea boss Hiddink

Published 09/03/2009

Didier Drogba
Didier Drogba

Guus Hiddink has hailed the commitment and professional attitude of Chelsea striker Didier Drogba since he took temporary charge of the Blues.

Drogba’s future at the club appeared to be in doubt after he became disillusioned with life under Felipe Scolari and not playing on a regular basis.

But he has been transformed since the arrival just over a fortnight ago of Hiddink until the end of the season and helped Chelsea book a place in the semi-finals of the FA Cup for the third time in four years with defeat over Coventry on Saturday.

Hiddink said: "I have had no complaints about his attitude and commitment and he is working hard in training and in games. I don’t want to judge what happened before I came here but outside of training sessions with the whole group, we are also doing a specific programme with him and that is paying off.

"He likes to do it. It is not that I have to force him to do extra work. We focus on what is asked and demanded in the game.

"He wants to do it and, when it is paying off like at Coventry, it is perfect."

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