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Ancelotti delights in Drogba form

Didier Drogba
Drogba was returning after a three-match European ban

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti revealed he would not swap Didier Drogba for any other striker after his two goals in the 2-2 draw against Atletico Madrid.

Drogba, who was back after a three-match Uefa ban, took his tally to 12 for the season as Chelsea reached the last 16 of the Champions League.

"I want to keep him and I don't want to change him with another striker," said Chelsea's Italian coach Ancelotti.

"He is in a good moment, I'm very happy. I hope he can continue."

Drogba was making his return to the Champions League after a three-game suspension meted out for his furious reaction after Chelsea's exit to Barcelona at the semi-final stage last season.

The Ivory Coast international headed in to haul Chelsea level before putting them ahead late on only for Sergio Aguero to equalise in injury-time for Atletico.

"Didier is an important player for us. We have a lot of important players but he is doing very well and we are happy," said Ancelotti, whose side play Manchester United on Sunday as they seek to protect their two-point Premier League lead.

"He was motivated at the start of the season and has been doing very well and continues to do very well, and I hope he can play in other games like he did against Atletico."

Wednesday's draw put Chelsea top of Group D with 10 points, while second-placed Porto have nine, third-placed Atletico two and bottom-of-the-table Apoel Nicosia on one.

"We are in the next phase of the Champions League and this is important with two matches still to take place," added Ancelotti.

"That was a difficult match because Atletico played very well and I think the result is good.


"They put a lot of pressure on us in first half but I think we did well - not the best but it was good."

Atletico coach Quique Sanchez Flores took over the side after his predecessor Abel Resino left the club following the 4-0 defeat by Chelsea in the reverse fixture nearly two weeks ago.

"Of course it was very important (to draw), we played a good match, we didn't lose," said Sanchez Flores.

"We led until the 82nd minute. It wasn't a victory but it showed the way forward.

"The team played well, played to win, they wanted to win, but given the circumstances the result is not bad.

"The team is at a turning point, and we can take positive conclusions from the game."

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