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Cech heaps praise on Drogba

From what Petr Cech has been saying in the aftermath of Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Wolves, it would be safe to assume that the Chelsea keeper is extremely pleased that Didier Drogba is his team-mate and not an opponent.

Cech has piled the praise on the in-form striker after his two goals secured the points at Molineux and moved Chelsea four points clear at the top of the table. Many pundits made Chelsea their Premier league tip at the start of the season and they seem to be justifying this.

It has also been an extremely positive season for Drogba to date, but Cech thinks it will get even better.

The Ivory Coast striker had his most productive campaign for Chelsea three seasons ago, scoring 33 goals, and Cech is convinced the striker can surpass this in the coming weeks.

The Czech Republic international said “Didier has been brilliant all season” and because he is “fit and confident” there is no reason why he can’t go beyond 33 goals. Drogba has 25 goals at the moment, so needs another nine to achieve post a new personal best.

Cech continued his praise of Drogba by recognising the fantastic job the forward has done for Chelsea over the years. He said the 31-year-old has “always been top” when in Chelsea colours and he is up there with the “best strikers in the world”.

It is always interesting to hear a goalkeepers’ view on a striker, in particular one in the same team as them. Cech knows what Drogba can do having witnessed it first hand in training over the last few years and he will be delighted to see him produce the goods on the pitch more often than not.

As for whether Drogba moves beyond the 33 goal mark, there shouldn’t be much doubt about this as long as he stays fit. There are plenty games left to play and, with the number of chances Chelsea create, Drogba is bound to grab himself at least nine more.

In terms of what significance this has it is worth pointing out that when Drogba scored 33 goals back in the 2006/07 campaign, Chelsea narrowly missed out on the Premier League title to Manchester United.

So, if the striker can move a few goals beyond 33, it could be the statistic that ensures Carlo Ancelloti’s men hold on to first place come the end of the season.

For his part, Drogba will be keen to take his form to South Africa in the summer.

Ivory Coast’s 2010 World Cup odds make them relative outsiders in the competition, but a striker like Drogba will cause problems for even the best defences.



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