Didier Drogba sends message to Chelsea fans about life under Antonio Conte
Didier Drogba opens up about Chelsea's stuttering start to the season under Antonio Conte
Didier Drogba has insisted that Chelsea’s dip in form this season is due to their involvement in the Champions League.
The Blues have made something of a stuttering start to the new Premier League season under Antonio Conte, having already lost three of their opening 11 games in the top flight.
Chelsea are having to cope with being back in Europe’s elite club competition this season after having won the Premier League last term without the distraction of Champions League football.
And Blues legend Drogba has insisted that Chelsea’s somewhat slow start to the new campaign is perfectly normal given their involvement in the Champions League this term.
Speaking to French radio station RMC, Drogba said: “What’s happening now is normal. Two years ago, they were on the brink of relegation.
“Last year, with one match a week, everything went well. The coach came in with drastic methods and the club became champions again.
“But most of the players have never been further than a Champions League quarter-final or semi-final for a while.
“You have to get used to matches every three days again, get used to the demand for results, which is permanent, to the intensity.
“You have to be at your best every day, which isn’t easy.”
Chelsea are currently preparing for their trip to West Brom in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon as they look to return to build on their victory over Manchester United before the international break.
Conte’s men won the title last season in his first campaign in charge and clinched the trophy with a 1-0 victory at The Hawthorns to win the competition for the second time in three years.
Alvaro Morata scored the only goal of the game as Chelsea beat Manchester United 1-0 at Stamford Bridge before the international break.