Two-goal hero Didier Drogba insists that former England captain John Terry has the full backing of his Chelsea team-mates.
Drogba took his tally for the season to 22 with goals in the eighth ad 22nd minutes against London rivals Arsenal and then revealed how Terry continues to have the support of the Chelsea squad.
Terry was sacked as England captain this week by Fabio Capello following allegations relating to his private life but Drogba told Sky Sports: "We offered him (Terry) as much support as we can. The best thing for him is to play. All his team-mates have to do everything for him."
He added: "It has been a difficult week for us, for Chelsea, for all the club.
"We tried to stay together and focus on the game. It is a matter of time but we will stick together and keep looking forward."
Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti paid tribute to Terry after the defender produced a typically inspirational performance.
"John is the perfect captain for Chelsea," said Ancelotti. "My captain has a fantastic attitude. He is doing very well in every game.
"It is very important for the team to have this leadership. He was always in control of the game. He has a strong mentality.
"He is working for his club and we are happy to have this performance from him in this moment.
"The England captaincy was not my decision and I do not want to judge about this decision. I knew John met Capello but I did not meet with him (John) afterwards."
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