Clarke hails Drogba factor
By Patrick Whyte
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Chelsea's impressive start is down to Didier Drogba, according to Steve Clarke.
Didier Drogba's impressive early season form has been a crucial factor in Chelsea's superb start to the season, according to assistant coach Steve Clarke.
Clarke was keen to single out the Ivory Coast international, who has netted eight times this season, for significant praise, particularly after his unimpressive debut season.
"It was difficult for him," Clarke said. "It was his first season in a new competition, and a new country. People tend to forget that it can take different people time to adjust.
"It was a totally different style of football to what he was used to in France. We were happy with him...but he didn't always get the praise he deserved from people outside the club.
"He's built on that and become even stronger this season."
Meanwhile, Clarke revealed that both Damien Duff and Ricardo Carvalho were unlikely to feature against Charlton.
Duff is still unavailable after the injury he picked up playing for Republic of Ireland and Carvalho suffered concussion during a training session.
However, Wayne Bridge will return to the squad to face The Addicks but Clarke would not comment on whether he would feature in the starting line-up.