He returned with a bang last night, netting both of his side's goals in a 2-2 draw with in Spain.
Chelsea not good enough despite Didier Drogba goal, says John TerryDidier Drogba scores winner to send Chelsea into knock-out stages of Champions LeagueThe first, which came in the 82nd minute and cancelled out Sergio Aguero's earlier strike for Atletico, was a towering header from Florent Malouda's cross, while his second six minutes later saw him latch onto a through-ball, escape the attentions of both Atletico centre-backs, and slot in at the second attempt after seeing his initial effort saved by Sergio Asenjo.
Drogba might even have been celebrating a hat-trick but his powerful free kick just after half-time had been turned onto the post by the diving Asenjo.
'I think I'm playing the best football of my career,' said the Ivorian.
Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti led the tributes to Drogba after the match, saying: "I don't know (if he is the best in the world). For sure, I want to keep him. I don't want to change him with any other striker.
"Didier is an important player for us. We have a lot of important players but he is doing very well and we are happy.
"I'm very happy with his behaviour, and I hope he continues like this."
Despite Drogba's two-goal showing, Chelsea were unable to hold for the win as Aguero collected his second superb goal of the game to salvage a draw for Atletico, the young Argentinian curling home a superb free kick to go with his earlier volley into the top corner.
Aguero's equaliser came in stoppage-time and meant Chelsea lost their 100 per cent record in Group D, although they were still able to celebrate early qualification for the knockout stages.
"I think we could have done better with the wall and maybe avoided the free kick," Drogba added.
"It's frustrating to concede a goal like this after the efforts we produced but it was a good game."
Next up for Chelsea is this weekend's mouthwatering showdown against Manchester United, where the top two sides in the Premier League go toe-to-toe at Stamford Bridge.
Drogba admitted: "I think we were also thinking about Manchester United tonight but we did everything we had to do today.
"Now we can focus on Sunday because it's very important to beat them (United) at home.
"We have to show different qualities and be better than today. Today was far from a good performance, we played well but were not good enough to win."