Chelsea are in 'good hands' with Fernando Torres leading the line, says Didier Drogba, as the latter lowers the curtain on his illustrious career with the Stamford Bridge club.

On Tuesday, Drogba announced his hardly unexpected decision that he will leave west London for pastures new this summer after his contract expires, meaning his final act in the blue of Chelsea was to win the Champions League.

The 34-year-old took the decisive penalty in the Allianz Arena last Saturday to defeat Bayern Munich and secure Chelsea's first ever European Cup.

When Torres signed for the Blues for a record £50 million in January 2011, the prospect of the Spaniard playing in tandem with Drogba was one to strike fear in the bowels of any defender.

Yet their partnership never formed in earnest, and Drogba's header in Munich at the weekend was the first time either has scored while the other has been on the pitch.

Torres will now have to prove he was worth the investment when Chelsea begin life without Drogba next season, and the Ivorian is backing the former to come good at last.

"Everybody knows Fernando is a very good player, an international player," Drogba told the press after revealing his decision to leave Chelsea.

"He's been through difficult moments here. It happens to everyone. The good thing is he has our support.

"He always had and I know next season he's going to improve; he's going to be better. Now I can't complain but my first few seasons were very difficult.

"It's not easy to play for Chelsea. Chelsea are in good hands with Fernando. Of course we will need new strikers but Torres will do the job, he will do it. He will do it, no doubt."

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