Drogba looks forward

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Didier Drogba will make an emotional return to the Stade Velodrome on Wednesday night determined to fire Chelsea out of their current mid-season slump.

Chelsea face Marseille in their final Group F game knowing they have already finished top. Marseille have also secured second place and although there is little to play for, Drogba maintains it is important that he and the team begin to improve.

"I think it is important for me and the team to play better than what we are doing now," said Drogba. "I have been sick for a few weeks. It is difficult to come back to full fitness very quickly."

He added: "But I am really happy with the way I have recovered. I am trying to help the team. I know that I can do better and I have to do better. It is not really about the goals, it is the way I am playing.

"We've created a lot of chances but we score from set-pieces and penalties and this is something that will have to change. We just need one game to change this"

Drogba, now 32, spent just a year at Marseille, scoring 18 Ligue One goals plus another 11 in Europe in 2003-04 after arriving from EA Guingamp.

His goal record made him a cult hero among the Marseille fans and the Chelsea ace has often spoken of finishing his career back at Stade Velodrome.

The Ivory Coast striker admits that a return to Marseille is a tempting prospect but insists he can also see himself ending his career at Stamford Bridge.

"All I can say is that I have been at Chelsea for six years now and I am happy there," said Drogba.

"My family is also happy there. Of course Marseille is tempting. But there are so many parameters that come into play. I can see myself ending my career at Chelsea."

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