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Hiddink hails amazing Drogba

19 Apr 2009 - 07:25:05

Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink admitted he was 'amazed' by Didier Drogba after he fired the Blues into the FA Cup Final at the expense of Arsenal.

The Ivory Coast striker's 84th minute goal settled a tight semi-final encounter at Wembley after Florent Malouda had cancelled out a Theo Walcott opener.

A previously out-of-sorts Drogba has looked transformed since Hiddink took over the managerial reins from Luiz Felipe Scolari in February and the Dutch coach has been delighted by the form of his main striker.

"It's amazing every week, every game, he is delivering very much," he said.

"The team is delivering, not just Drogba, but Drogba is the end regarding the production and you cannot always value a striker on his goals because he can do a lot for the team, not always scoring but very determined and very decisive.

"He worked and it's very nice to work with the guys. They always deliver and react whatever you do. We have seen it in several games now."

Meanwhile, Hiddink spoke of his pride after guiding the Blues to a Wembley showpiece next month.

He added: "It means a lot to the team and also a lot to me.

"To come in February you have your small dreams and one of those can be an FA Cup final.

"I think we deserved (the win) for the way we played after the sloppy period in the first half.

"The second half we were dominant and it was a matter of time before we scored."


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