Guus Hiddink believes that Didier Drogba possesses a 'killer's mentality' after he scored the winning goal in the FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal.
The 31-year-old rounded Gunners goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski to slot home and send the Blues into the final.
The Ivory Coast international was at his unplayable best against their London rivals on Saturday as he kept up his impressive form under interim boss Hiddink.
The former Marseille ace had appeared to be heading out of the exit door at Stamford Bridge under former manager Luiz Felipe Scolari as he struggled with form and fitness but the frontman has been reinvigorated since the Dutchman took over.
"I would agree he has the killer's mentality," the Russia head coach said.
"He seems to terrify defenders. If you have to play against him it hurts.
Strong and brave"He is very strong and brave because he doesn't know what is happening behind his back.
"We don't demand one goal every game but when he is playing the way he is, others also score."
Hiddink remembers the first time he recognised the striker's ability: "I saw him at the World Cup in 2006," when Hiddink was in charge of Australia.
"He was very strong, even though the Ivory Coast did not go through.
"You could see what the potential was, you just have to deliver and he is delivering perfectly.
"He is also talking in the dressing room and giving an example to others."