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Thursday 17 May 2012

Drogba eager to take Champions League chance

Chelsea striker is geared up for 'special' final against Bayern Munich on Saturday

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has scored 101 League goals in his Stamford Bridge career

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba says he is determined to make the most of what could be his last chance of winning the UEFA Champions League.

The Blues travel to Germany to take on Bayern Munich in Saturday's showdown at the Allianz Arena hoping to win the trophy for the first time.

And the 34-year-old Drogba, whose Chelsea contract runs out in the summer, says his side will be prepared for what he describes as "one of the biggest games" of his career.

"I've also got a lot of great moments in finals so I'm going to try to make sure that, for my team-mates, this one is a great one"
- Didier Drogba

"I've played a lot with Chelsea but this one is going to be special because it's only the second time we have reached the Champions League final," he said.

"So we are going to do everything to go there and be ready to play against this German team."

Drogba, who joined Chelsea from Marseille in 2004, has forged a reputation as one of the world’s most formidable strikers and in March this year, he scored his 100th Barclays Premier League goal.

He has had glittering career at Stamford Bridge, winning three Barclays Premier League titles and earlier this month he won the FA Cup for the fourth time.

A Champions League triumph has proved elusive for the Ivorian, however. The closest he has come to winning it was in the 2008 final when Chelsea were defeated by Manchester United on penalties in Russia.

"After Moscow, we thought that we were going to get to the final the next year," he added.

"But that's Champions League - it's very difficult to reach the final and I think it shows how much we deserve to be there today."

Drogba, who has also been on the losing side in two Africa Cup of Nations finals, added: "I've got a lot of disappointments but I've also got a lot of great moments in finals so I'm going to try to make sure that, for my team-mates, this one is a great one."

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Key Points

  • Didier Drogba wants to make the most of Saturday's Champions League final
  • Chelsea striker says match is one of the 'biggest in his career"
  • Drogba has won three Barclays Premier League titles