Chelsea star Didier Drogba says he sees similarities between his older times and fellow striker Diego Costa, who is in red-hot form at the moment.
The Spaniard joined the Blues from Atletico Madrid in the summer for £32 million, and has since fired in 7 goals in just 4 Premier League games so far this season, which means that he currently leads the EPL’s top scorers’ list.
After Costa’s blistering start to his Stamford Bridge career, Drogba has hailed the arrival of the new frontman and believes that he is the player the club have been craving for.
“Like me, he came to this level a little bit late. When I look at him, I can see the desire to win every challenge, to score goals. He’s very good,” Drogba said.
“He’s hungry for goals and that’s the best thing for a team like us.”
“I think for him to start the season in England, coming from Spain, which is a very different league, and to recreate the same thing he was doing at Atletico, is fantastic.”
“He’s really good and he’s enjoying playing here and being with us. That’s the best feeling he could have. He’s the striker we needed this season.”
Drogba, now at the age of 36, featured in the UEFA Champions’ League 1-1 draw with Schalke on Wednesday although failing to make it to the scoresheet, something he puts down to an ongoing ankle injury.
“I’m like a diesel. I need time! It’s good to be back. Most importantly, it’s good to play without pain,” he added.
“That’s what I’ve been looking for, for the past few weeks, to play without pain.”
“I got a chance to start and despite the result, which was not the best, I’m quite happy with the way my ankle reacted to this kind of effort.”
The Ivorian striker believes his side can get back to winning ways in Sunday’s clash with Manchester City in the English Premier League.
“It’s a different competition. I hope we can continue the way we’ve started in the Premier League against City. I think we can and I hope we can,” he said.
“We will go there to try to win, like we’ve gone out to try to win every game this season, so let’s see what’s going to happen.”