Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has said striker Didier Drogba is back to his best after three goals in his last three games for the Blues.
Stamford Bridge legend Drogba, who returned to the club in the summer, has spent most of his time on the bench following the summer arrival of Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid.
But an injury to Costa has given the 36-year-old his chance — and a Champions League penalty in the 6-0 win against Maribor, a header in the 1-1 draw at Manchester United and a goal in the 2-1 Capital One Cup win at Shrewsbury have followed.
Jose Mourinho spoke to Chelsea TV following the Blues 2-1 win over Shrewsbury Town in the Capital One Cup
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Jose Mourinho saluted his special golden-oldie after Didier Drogba helped spare Chelsea’s blushes at Shrewsbury.
The striker fired in his third goal in as many games as the Blues edged into the Capital One Cup quarter-final with a 2-1 win at Greenhous Meadow.
Jermaine Grandison’s late own goal won it following Drogba’s opener, which followed the Ivorian’s strikes against Maribor and Manchester United in the last week.
Diego Costa is expected to return against QPR on Saturday following a virus and hamstring and groin problems.
But boss Mourinho said Drogba was an example to his squad after his key impact.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho indicated that he was unhappy with referee Phil Dowd after his side were denied all three points by a 94th-minute Robin van Persie equaliser for Manchester United in a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.
The Premier League leaders had gone in front when Didier Drogba, deputising for the injured Diego Costa, headed home a corner early in the second half.
But after Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic had been sent off for a second yellow card following a foul on Angel Di Maria, Van Persie slammed home a rebound from the free-kick to level.
Manchester United striker Robin van Persie scored a 94th minute equaliser to deny Jose Mourinho victory over his old boss Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford.
Mourinho looked set for victory in the battle against Van Gaal — but deep into injury time Branislav Ivanovic was sent off for fouling Angel di Maria and Van Persie swept home a rebound from the resulting free-kick to make it 1-1.
Mourinho, who was clearly unhappy with Phil Dowd for giving Ivanovic a second yellow card for the foul, left Old Trafford with his unbeaten record intact.
Jose Mourinho is refusing to rule Diego Costa out of Sunday’s crunch clash against Manchester United.
The Spain centre forward has missed the last two games with a hamstring problem and was even admitted to hospital this week with a virus.
But Mourinho, who confirmed Loic Remy would miss the next three weeks with a groin problem, says his star striker has a chance of making the visit to Old Trafford.
When asked on Friday if Costa would play, Mourinho said:
‘There is a chance, he has a little chance. Diego has a little chance, the same as Ramires and (John Obi) Mikel.
Jose Mourinho talks about some of the leadership qualities that John Terry has
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Jose Mourinho believes his unbeaten Chelsea side would be champions elect in any division other than the Premier League after their scintillating start to the season.
The Chelsea coach said his side lacked “balls” in last season’s defeat at Selhurst Park, which led to him conceding the title, but on their return to the ground the Blues recorded their seventh win from eight league matches this term with goals from Oscar and Cesc Fabregas securing a 2-1 victory.
“To win the title — long way to go,” Mourinho said. “If we were in another league, another profile of league, I would say immediately: ‘Yes, we will do it.’
Oscar and Cesc Fabregas scored sublime goals as Premier League leaders Chelsea overcame troublesome obstacles in winning a fiery derby with Crystal Palace 2-1 at Selhurst Park.
Diego Costa, scorer of nine goals in his first seven league games, was missing after persistent hamstring trouble in the opening weeks of the season, but Chelsea coped with the 32 million pound Spain striker’s absence.
A brilliant early free-kick by Oscar, excellent throughout, took the pressure off Loic Remy, Costa’s deputy, who was making his first Premier League start for Chelsea.
Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has been cleared to play on after undergoing precautionary tests following the head injury he sustained during Sunday’s 2-0 Premier League win over Arsenal.
Courtois played on after requiring treatment for a head knock following a first-half collision with Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, before being replaced after further treatment and departing Stamford Bridge for precautionary scans in hospital.
A Chelsea statement issued on Monday read:
“Chelsea Football Club can confirm Thibaut Courtois went to hospital during our Premier League game against Arsenal yesterday (Sunday) for precautionary tests on a head injury. Those tests came back all clear.