Drogba dismisses Hiddink effect

In-form Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has played down suggestions that Dutch manager Guus Hiddink is the reason behind his drastically improved form, insisting his resurgence is a result of him being fit and playing more regularly. The Ivory Coast captain fell out of favour under former Blues boss Luiz Felipe Scolari, and netted just three times in 22 appearances in a first half of the season blighted by injury.

However, the former Marseille front-man has been in devastating form since the arrival of Russia national coach Hiddink in February, bagging nine goals in 12 outings, including five in his last four games to help Chelsea reach the semi-finals of the Champions League and final of the FA Cup.

“Everybody is talking about the change of manager but really it is quite simple," he said.

“I wasn’t playing, so I couldn’t score goals. But it wasn’t only the selection of the team, I wasn’t fit enough either.

“Nicolas Anelka was performing very well at that time. I just had to keep patient and work hard so I was ready when I got the chance.”

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