Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Shooting Star Drogba Has Osgood in His Sights

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Shooting Star Drogba Has Osgood in His Sights

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Byline: Simon Johnson

DIDIER DROGBA needs a goal at Wigan tomorrow to draw level with Chelsea legends Peter Osgood and Roy Bentley in the club's scoring charts.

But the striker, on 149 goals, never thought he would be good enough to match the feats of Osgood and Bentley, who are fourth in the list of Chelsea's all-time top scorers, especially after a difficult first season in England.

"I didn't consider reaching that number [Osgood and Bentley's 150 goals] when I arrived here, especially when my first season did not go really well," said the Ivory Coast international, who joined the club from Marseille for [pounds sterling]24million in 2004.

"I struggled fitness-wise when I came but I made myself play because I had to show what I could do as a new player. So I played with injuries and that didn't help me in terms of the fans' opinion of me.

"Thank God the next year I was feeling much better, reduced the injuries and that's when I started to improve and score more goals. I think the fans then started to change their opinions and I was really proud of that. …

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