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Drogba wants defining finish

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Drogba celebrates his goal against Tottenham (©GettyImages)
Drogba celebrates his goal against Tottenham (©GettyImages).

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba wants to end the season with a trophy after helping the Blues to set up a clash with Liverpool in the FA Cup final.

The 33-year-old forward powered in the opening goal in the FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur as Chelsea ran out 5-1 winners at Wembley. The victory gives the west London club an opportunity to claim their first trophy since 2010 and atone for a trophyless campaign last season.

"For me last year was a bad season because we won nothing and I hope this season will be different because I want to win trophies," said the Ivory Coast international.

Chelsea will host Barcelona in their Champions League semi-final first leg on Wednesday, as they meet for the fifth time in eight seasons.

The last time these two sides met was in 2009, when a late Andres Iniesta goal at Stamford Bridge meant the Catalan club progressed to the final on away goals.

The match ended in unpleasant circumstances when Drogba was given a three-match ban for a foul-mouthed rant directed towards referee Tom Ovrebo after the Norwegian turned down a succession of Chelsea penalty appeals.

"2009 is the past now and the only thing I want is to play on Wednesday with my team mates and make a good result. Barcelona are the winners of last year's competition and nobody expected us to be in the semi-final so we have to show that we deserve to be there.

"I think about the other times we played Barcelona and it is not only bad memories, we have some good memories as well," Drogba argues. "So it is 50-50, even if Barcelona are set to be the best team in the world and they have the best player in the world. It is two games, anything can happen."

While Chelsea have failed to mount a challenge for the Premier League title this season, they find themselves fighting for the Champions League title, the FA Cup and Champions League qualification as they sit 6th in the league.

"All these games are very important for us, the ones in the league, the FA Cup Final, the ones in the Champions League but that is what you sign for when you come to Chelsea. You want to play all these games and this is what is really exciting for me," added the Blues frontman.

Roberto Di Matteo now has the tough task of deciding whether to stick with Didier Drogba or recall Fernando Torres for the Champions League semi-final first leg against Barcelona.

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