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Drogba: Blues stars 'need time'

Didier Drogba admits Chelsea have missed the experience of the players who left Stamford Bridge last summer during their recent miserable run.

The Blues sold or released proven internationals Michael Ballack, Ricardo Carvalho, Joe Cole, Deco and Juliano Belletti during the close season, promoting youngsters Josh McEachran, Jeffrey Bruma, Gael Kakuta, Patrick van Aanholt and Daniel Sturridge.

Injury and illness robbed them of Drogba, Frank Lampard, John Terry and Michael Essien for part of the season, and Ray Wilkins was also controversially sacked as assistant manager, arguably sparking their worst run of results in the Premier League for almost 15 years.

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KingsCross4180d ago

Of course they need time. They have used the same players again and again. When theyre injured, they are forced to use players with less experience. That might be an idea of changing players when the squad is full. Then theyre not that vulnerable when the best are injured.