Football

Drogba, 36, still deadly

At the age of 36, Didier Drogba is still drawing plaudits, more so from his manager at Chelsea, Jose Mourinho.

The Ivorian's demolition of Tottenham yesterday morning (Singapore time) saw Mourinho waxing lyrical about the veteran striker.

Spurs were bidding for a first win at Stamford Bridge since February 1990 at the 28th attempt and began well, with Harry Kane hitting the crossbar with an early header.

But Chelsea stepped up with two goals in four first-half minutes.

Drogba provided the first for Eden Hazard before scoring himself as his second Blues spell shows signs of enhancing his hero status at the club.

Mourinho brought Drogba, who scored the decisive penalty in their 2012 Champions League win, back to Chelsea after two years away, in China and Turkey.

The Blues boss expects Drogba to see out his playing career at Chelsea before staying on at the club in some capacity.

"It's remarkable," the Portuguese said. "I was expecting exactly this. The important thing is that he's here and he's going to finish his career with Chelsea.

"It looks, for me, that he's going to stay doing other things when he finishes his career.

"It will be his decision when he decides when to stop as a player. It will be something personal."

Drogba was deputising for the suspended Diego Costa, who was serving a one-match ban.

"We need (Costa), but I think our mentality is the right mentality," Mourinho added.

"We don't have a player - we don't cry about it. We give confidence to the others and the others respond."

Loic Remy, who replaced Drogba in the second half, responded too, scoring a third.

Nemanja Matic will be suspended for tomorrow's match at Newcastle, but Mourinho added: "No problem. Play another one, like Diego Costa."

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino insisted the history did not weigh heavily on his side as he rued Chelsea's cutting edge.

"The history here was difficult, but we came here to get the three points and victory," the Argentinian said. "We showed our intention at the beginning of the game.

"We showed that we believed we could get a positive result, but it's difficult.

"I am not happy. I am very disappointed with the result, because 3-0 is harsh. (But) we need to look forward.

"For us it wasn't easy to turn to the result. We tried. It was difficult. It wasn't our night." - PA Sport.