Chelsea have reached at least the semi-finals of the competition in five of the last six seasons without ever winning the trophy, an impressive record for any side but clearly one that frustrates Drogba.
And Carlo Ancelotti's men face a tough task in repeating the feat this year as they travel to the San Siro tonight to face Italian champions Inter Milan - and former manager Jose Mourinho - in the competition's first knockout stage.
Desperate: Didier Drogba (right) covets the Champions League trophy
Drogba is certainly not taking the challenge lightly and admits is wary of his old boss's powers.
'Inter Milan are one of the top sides in Europe, and we know that any team Jose is in charge of will be very organised and will play good football,' Drogba told Match of the Day magazine.
'We want to succeed in all competitions this year, but the European Cup is the one so many of the players are so hungry for after coming so close the last two years.'
'There are so many players here who deserve to win the European Cup.'
Friends for life: Jose Mourinho shares a joke with Drogba during the Portuguese manager's spell at Stamford Bridge - but all pleasantries will be put aside tonight
Drogba added that although many Blues players owed Mourinho a debt of gratitude for his positive influence on their careers, it will be business as usual tonight for Chelsea.
'The match is about getting through to the next quarter finals and nothing can get in the way of that,' he said.
'Jose achieved great things here, and the fans and players will givehim a great reception. In Jose I have made a friend for life, but onthe night it will all be about helping Chelsea get the win and nothingelse.'
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