Didier Drogba has paid tribute to the inspirational way Chelsea team mates Frank Lampard and John Terry helped turn his career around after suffering some difficult times in his early days at Stamford Bridge.
Welcome to our coverage of the first day of Gameweek 19. After a sumptuous Boxing Day fare, the first day of Gameweek 19 of English Premier League will have another nine matches line-up in a possible extension of football festivities.
Chelsea captain John Terry has said both he and team-mate Branislav Ivanovic were "double headlocked at every corner" during the Premier League leaders` dramatic 1-1 draw away to Manchester United on Sunday.
Chelsea head to London rivals Crystal Palace on Saturday eager to maintain or even extend their five-point lead at the top of the Premier League table as domestic action resumes after the international break.
In case they needed it, the short trip to Crystal Palace will re-focus Chelsea`s globe-trotting players on matters at home as the Premier League slips back into gear this weekend after the second international break of the season.
Chelsea football team captain John Terry has said that he is delighted by the way his team had started their campaign to regain the Premier League title, but insisted that there was plenty of work to be done before the trophy is back at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea's new recruit Diego Costa scored a hat-trick against visiting Swansea at Stamford Bridge to help Blues lead the league table by two points and to the elation of manager Jose Mourinho. After the match, Mourinho hailed Costa as a 'special' player.