Drogba craves 'important' trophy
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Chelsea striker Didier Drogba insists he still has a burning desire to win the UEFA Champions League as he returns to his former club in the final round of the group stage next week.

The Côte D’Ivoire striker will return to the Stade Velodrome to face Marseille knowing he will be given a marvellous reception by the fans. Drogba spent just a year at the French club, scoring 18 Ligue 1 goals, plus another 11 in Europe, in 2003/04 after arriving from Guingamp.

The goal record made him a cult hero among the Marseille fans but although he is relishing a return visit, Drogba still has eyes on the main prize. Chelsea have already finished top of Group F, with Marseille second and Drogba is determined to help Carlo Ancelotti's side go all the way.

I've said before that to win the Champions League is very important, but at the same time I know there are big players who haven't won it.
Didier Drogba, Chelsea forward

"I've said before that to win the Champions League is very important, but at the same time I know there are big players who haven't won it," said Drogba. "Of course, because I am a competitor, I will do everything to win it. This is a competition I used to watch when I was younger - I used to watch and be happy to see players like Nicolas Anelka, for example, lifting the cup. So yes, that is something I want but it is not easy to win it.

"I think I can score more goals, and also maybe create more assists. Sometimes it's difficult to score so you need to help the team as much as you can. Creating assists is a big part of it.

"It's funny because I only played one year in Marseille but the feeling between the fans, the city, and me is unbelievable. I gave everything and they gave it back to me as well. They still love me and it's nice when I go there.

"I'm very excited because obviously people know how much I love Marseille, it's going to be the first time for me to go back there and be on the pitch, so it's going to be special. It's going to be nice and I know that people there are going to have a good time, they will see Chelsea and they love Chelsea, so it will be a good moment.

Lampard nears return
Chelsea are the only side in this season's group stage to record five straight wins. They have achieved the success without the services of England midfielder Frank Lampard, who has been out for three months with hernia and tendon problems. Lampard is close to a return but Drogba realises just how much it has hurt the midfielder to miss out on the first part of the season.

"He is just a very good professional and he is clever, very clever," said Drogba. "You can feel his frustration, he wants to play, he wants to help the team. And really he is the kind of player you can count on, because every season he will be there."