Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink told Soccer Extra Didier Drogba can fire Chelsea to Champions League glory.
Last Updated: 07/05/12 3:54pm
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink told Soccer Extra that Didier Drogba will be Chelsea's key man in the Champions League Final.
The Ivorian striker is expected to lead the line for the Blues against Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena, having filled that role so successfully against Barcelona in the semi-finals.
The 34-year-old's experience could also prove crucial in Germany, with the west Londoners shorn of the suspended John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Ramires and Raul Meireles.
And former Chelsea star Hasselbaink says that if the Premier League outfit can dominate the midfield battle, Drogba can score the goals to fire them to their first European Cup triumph.
"He is a big-game player and always scores in the big games," Hasselbaink said of Chelsea's veteran hitman.
"Against Bayern you have to be solid in the middle and leave Drogba to do what he does up front: terrorise the back four."
Hasselbaink believes Drogba's fellow frontman Fernando Torres - whose goal put the gloss on Chelsea's dramatic victory over Barcelona - will have to be content with a place on the bench against Bayern Munich.
But the ex-Leeds, Middlesbrough and Charlton striker praised the way the Spaniard - who netted a hat-trick during the recent 6-1 victory over QPR - has bounced back from a goal-shy start to his Stamford Bridge career.
"He has had so much stick but he kept on going," Hasselbaink said of the man who joined the Blues for £50million in January 2011.
"When that happens to you it is difficult to be brave enough to keep taking on the chances and being available to miss them - but he was."
Hasselbaink now serves as Nottingham Forest's first-team coach and he told Soccer Extra presenters Ben Shephard and Chris Kamara all about his tumultuous maiden season at the City Ground, which ended with the club finishing 19th in the Championship.
"It's a lot harder than when you are on the pitch when you can release your emotions a lot more!" added the 40-year-old. "But there are a nice group of boys there."
"We expected to do a lot better but we got the job done [stayed up] in the end and we're looking forward to next season.
"A lot of things happened to Nottingham Forest this season, including the death of the owner [Nigel Doughty] which was a big shock for all of us.
"Steve McClaren, who bought me to the club, left and then Steve Cotterill came in as manager and I stayed as part of his staff.
"The club is looking to be sold now and if things can be sorted out then I think it will definitely go places, because it's a magnificent club and it's got great support."