Blues duo call for focus
Didier Drogba and Daniel Sturridge have refused to blame the backroom changes for their recent problems.
Last Updated: 23/11/10 11:01pm
Chelsea duo Didier Drogba and Daniel Sturridge have refused to blame the backroom changes at the club for their recent problems following Tuesday's 2-1 victory over MSK Zilina.
The midweek win saw the Premier League champions come back from a goal down to record their best-ever start to a UEFA Champions League campaign.
The Blues have seen their domestic form suffer with recent defeats to Liverpool, Sunderland and Birmingham City and speculation following the departure of coach Ray Wilkins has added to the pressure.
Carlo Ancelotti has also seen his future come into question this week but Drogba believes the players have to focus on winning games rather than off-field changes at Stamford Bridge.
The striker told Sky Sports: "The manager made it clear that he is here and I think we have to focus on the games, on the results.
"We have to try to resolve our problems because we are not paying well.
"We don't speak about this (speculation over Ancelotti's future). We stayed focused on the game we lost against Birmingham. We wanted to go back to winning ways."
Drogba admitted the players missed Wilkins but he and Sturridge also gave their backing to Michael Emenalo who has moved up top fill the void.
The Ivory Coast international added: "Of course we miss Ray but the players are still the same.
"If we are losing it is not because Ray has gone, it is down to the players."
Sturridge, who scored the equaliser against Zilina, expressed his view on Wilkins' exit.
He said: "Ray's departure, we were sad to see him go. Mike's taken over in the job and we respect Mike as well."