Hiddink in awe of Drogba

18 April 2009 10:10
Guus Hiddink was full of praise for Didier Drogba following his match-winning performance on Saturday.

The Ivorian striker helped to secure Chelsea's passage through to the FA Cup final with a dramatic late strike in a 2-1 win against Arsenal at Wembley.

The talismanic frontman saw the Blues past the Gunners when he raced clear with six minutes left on the clock to round Lukasz Fabianksi and slot into an empty net.

That effort was the latest in a productive spell enjoyed by the African ace since Hiddink took the reins at Stamford Bridge, and the Dutch coach is delighted to have been able to bring the best out of his most potent attacking weapon.

"It is amazing," said Hiddink.

"Didier Drogba is playing a lot of games, every three or four days, and he is producing all the time.

"You do not just judge a striker by his goals. He can do a lot of other things for the team.

"But now Didier is scoring decisive goals in almost every game."

He added: "I had no single criticism about his attitude from the first day I came.

Smiling"What we made very clear was that we didn't want to give ourselves excuses but sometimes you have to do less to be more productive.

"Drogba was in a position of not playing frequently. It was logical that he would not be smiling every day.

"But you have to make a commitment to the team and that is exactly what he has done."

The weekend success has helped to reignite calls for Hiddink to remain in his current post past the end of the season, when he plans to focus his intentions solely on his role with the Russian national team.

The former PSV Eindhoven boss insists he has no intention to change his mind as yet, and claims his only desire at the moment is to secure a lasting memento of his time in England.

"I am enjoying myself very much," he said.

"I enjoy working with these players. There has been a very positive atmosphere ince the day I arrived.

"I hope to leave on 31st May with a bottle of champagne, maybe even a crate if we win all three (FA Cup, Premier League and UEFA Champions League)."

Source: SKY_Sports