Players should take blame for losses - Didier Drogba
Drogba helped set up Chelsea's second against Zilina
Didier Drogba insists Chelsea's players should be blamed for their poor form and not Ray Wilkins' exit or rumours about boss Carlo Ancelotti's future.
Chelsea had lost three out of four league games before beating MSK Zilina in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Striker Drogba said: "Of course we miss Ray but the players are the same. If we lose, it is not because Ray has gone, it is down to the players.
"The manager made it clear he is here and we have to focus on the games."
Michael Emenalo, who does not have coaching qualifications, has been appointed by the Chelsea board as Ancelotti's new assistant following the departure of Wilkins, having previously been the head opposition scout at the club.
Ancelotti disappointed with slow start
The reshuffle took place during a period in which the Stamford Bridge outfit lost to
and saw their Premier League lead wiped out by Manchester United.
The recent events had combined to raise question marks over Ancelotti's future at the club and the Italian was forced to insist he
wanted to stay in his role
ahead of the win over Zilina.
"We have to try to resolve our problems because we are not paying well," added Drogba.
"We don't speak about this [speculation over Ancelotti's future]. We stayed focused on the game. We lost against Birmingham and we wanted to go back to winning ways."
The victory over the Slovakian side confirmed Chelsea will progress into the last 16 of the Champions League knockout stages as group winners.
McEachran showed his quality. He was good defensively, won a lot of tackles. And, obviously, with the ball he's fantastic
Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti
Chelsea fielded a youthful line-up and went behind to a Babatounde Bello goal before coming out on top after Daniel Sturridge equalised and Florent Malouda grabbed a late winner.
Ancelotti was critical of Chelsea's first-half performance against Zilina but praised their response after the break and also the performance of 17-year-old midfielder Josh McEachran.
McEachran, who captained the England side that won the European Under-17 Championship in May, started his first game for the Blues after making four substitute appearances in the Premier League this season.
"I think Josh McEachran can play every game. He showed his quality. He was good defensively, won a lot of tackles. And, obviously, with the ball he's fantastic.
"He can play it short or long without problem. He played with personality and I'm happy with his performance. He has to grow, he has to improve, but he's ready to play."
Ancelotti added: "It was a difficult game because we didn't start well and went 1-0 down.
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