Jose Mourinho believes he can use Didier Drogba's Chelsea career as a benchmark to motivate the younger players in the squad.
Mourinho signed Drogba from Marseille during his first spell at Stamford Bridge in 2004 and the influence of the Ivorian talisman was a contributing factor to the success the Portuguese coach experienced at Chelsea.
Drogba, 35, who is now at Galatasaray, netted 157 goals in 341 appearances helping the club to three English Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups and one Champions League.
His final action as a Chelsea player was to score the winning penalty in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich, thus sealing his legendary status at the club.
Now Mourinho has challenged his young players to emulate the legendary spirit in Didier Drogba when playing for Chelsea.
"I think Didier Drogba, as a man and as a professional, is a good guy to be looked as a very special player in the history of this club," Mourinho told Chelsea's monthly magazine.
"I can use Didier as a profile to persuade the young boys to follow me because he did follow me from day one."
'The Special One', who took his first training session in his second stint at Chelsea on Monday, described Drogba as a fantastic example for any young player.
"He was playing in France and nobody really knew a lot about him when I asked the owner (Roman Abramovich) to buy him," Mourinho said.
"Some people thought he was too expensive for somebody who had not proved himself. Then, in the owner's 10th year in charge (2013), he was voted the best player in Chelsea's history.
"I think every player can have the same ambition that Didier had because he was a guy driven by ambition, by emotion and by loyalty. He was loyal to the club, the manager, his fellow players and the fans."
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