Drogba salutes 'mad' Terry
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has paid tribute to John Terry's bravery on the pitch.
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 04/12/10 1:00pm
Didier Drogba has paid tribute to John Terry's bravery on the pitch, although he believes his Chelsea team-mate will pay the price at some stage.
Terry's powers of recovery have been well-documented and he will return to the Chelsea side against Everton on Saturday following a nerve problem that had been expected to keep him out for longer.
He has also had to overcome a back injury this season and Drogba is full of admiration for the way the centre-back often plays through the pain barrier.
Drogba also has a huge amount of respect for Terry's fearless approach to defending and says his commitment is inspirational.
The Ivory Coast international feels he has benefited from playing alongside men such as Terry and Michael Essien.
"John Terry is really a mad guy. He can play with his back completely blocked, and he will put his head where I will not put my feet," Drogba told L'Equipe.
"He is extreme and knows he will suffer the consequences later, but he is sacrificing himself.
"It is true, playing beside a phenomenon like Terry or Essien helped me to get to a very high level, just like working under Jose Mourinho for three years."
More than a warrior
Drogba is regarded as one of the most powerful strikers in world football, with his physicality often proving too much for opponents.
However, he believes there is a lot more to his game and insists much of his success comes from meticulous planning and hard work on the training ground.
"When I hear people talking about me as a warrior it is flattering but really simplistic," he explained.
"I am much more than a warrior. I am watching again each match and studying the adversary, so my game is the result of an analysis.
"Last season was the best of my whole career, at the age of 32.
"I like to know why I am scoring, that is why I am proud of my goals.
"I am thinking about the ball's spin, the position of my body and my opponents, my feet, the power of the kick, etc."