Drogba: The fightback starts tomorrow

Last updated at 11:34 18 May 2007

Didier Drogba has warned Manchester

United that Chelsea will start their

fightback for English supremacy tomorrow.

Jose Mourinho’s side were hurt by their

failure to retain the Premiership title this

season and want to put down a marker for

next term.

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They anticipate a fierce battle with

champions United for years to come and

Drogba said: “Wembley will be about

landing a blow on them and we are looking

forward to it. We know for the next two or

three years it’s going to be a big battle

against United. Everybody will be ready.”

Drogba will have his own personal battle

to fight after narrowly missing out to

United’s Cristiano Ronaldo in the Football

Writers’ and Professional Footballers’

Association player of the year awards.

The Chelsea striker struck back when he

claimed the Premiership golden boot with

20 goals, three more than his rival, and the

pair’s contributions will be key to

tomorrow’s outcome.

Since Mourinho took charge of the team

three years ago, they have won five trophies

including the Community Shield and not

lost a final.

Drogba said: “I hope there is more

silverware to come. It’s going to be big if we

win this cup. Every time we have played a

final I think we performed well so hopefully

we’re going to do the same again.”

Bill Shankly’s famous comment that

football is more important than life or death

does not ring true with Drogba, who is a

United Nations goodwill ambassador.

He said: “It’s true this final is very

important but there are things

more important than football.

“The game is why people know

me and this is what can help me

with my UN work — but life is

more important than winning or

losing a game, even the FA Cup.”

Drogba will discuss his first UN

project this summer and has pledged to

promote the fight against HIV and

Aids. He also has a particular interest

in education.

Drogba, 29, left his family home in

Abidjan when he was five years old to

live with his uncle in France.

He said: “The idea is to give everybody a chance

to have a good life. We have this chance,

we are in a better position than people

in Africa or Asia. To go and try to build

some schools is important because the

children are the future.”

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