Didier Drogba: Mourinho made me one of the best

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Didier Drogba says that Jose Mourinho made him one of the best strikers in Europe during their time together at Chelsea.

Mourinho signed the Ivorian from Marseille in 2004 and the pair enjoyed an incredibly successful working relationship, winning the Premier League title twice before the Special One's departure from Stamford Bridge in 2007.

Drogba eventually left Chelsea in 2012, but not before scoring the winning penalty to help the club claim their first ever Champions League win against Bayern Munich.

The pair will meet once more after Drogba's new side Galatasaray were drawn against Chelsea in the last 16 of the Champions League.

The 35-year-old had nothing but praise for his former boss, who returned to Chelsea for a second stint in charge last summer, and said it's thanks to him that he was considered one of the most feared forwards in Europe.

"When Chelsea were thinking of signing me, it was Mourinho who came to see me," he told the Sun.

"He said 'If you want to be a great forward like Thierry Henry or Ruud van Nistelrooy, you have to come and play with me in England, at Chelsea'.

"It's true that I was a good player in the French league at the time but he made me one of the best in Europe.

"That's why I, for Jose, was capable of going to the ends of the earth."

Drogba scored 157 goals in 341 games for Chelsea, winning four FA Cups and two League Cups to go alongside his Champions League and Premier League winners medals.

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