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Hiddink hails Drogba commitment

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Guus Hiddink has hailed the commitment and professional attitude of Chelsea striker Didier Drogba since he took temporary charge of the Blues.

Drogba's future at the club appeared to be in doubt after he became disillusioned with life under Felipe Scolari and not playing on a regular basis.

Hiddink said: "From the first day, when I saw him at Watford in the FA Cup, and after that, for me he has been a guy who has been working hard."

He added: "I have had no complaints about his attitude and commitment and he is working hard in training and in games."

He scored the midweek winner at Portsmouth and followed that up with a piece of clinical finishing in the 2-0 win at Coventry which booked a place in the semi-finals of the FA Cup for the third time in four years.

The Ivory Coast player has also been willing to participate in extra training sessions as he strives to recapture the form that made him one of football's most feared forwards.

"I don't want to judge what happened before I came here but outside of training sessions with the whole group, we are also doing a specific programme with him and that is paying off.

"He likes to do it. It is not that I have to force him to do extra work. We focus on what is asked and demanded in the game.

"He wants to do it and, when it is paying off like at Coventry, it is perfect."

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