Drogba is a legend at Stamford Bridge, returning to the club this summer following two years away from West London.
His original eight-year stay with the club saw him win three Premier League titles - two under Jose Mourinho - as well as two League Cups, three FA Cups, and cement himself as Chelsea’s all-time greatest ever player when he scored the winning penalty in the 2012 Champions League Final.
His return to West London has not started as impressively, having failed to find the back of the net this season, and he has been kept out of the starting line-up by the imperious form of Diego Costa - who has nine goals in seven Premier League games.
The goalscoring prowess of Costa brings back memories of Drogba at his peak, with the Ivorian forward twice winning the Premier League Golden Boot during his original stay with the club, and he sees similarities between the Spanish international and himself at the start of his Blues career - with 26-year-old Costa the same age as Drogba was on his arrival in West London.
Speaking to the Standard, Drogba said: “What I like in him is his character. We are quite similar, we never give up.
“That’s one point that makes me smile and respect him more.
“This start he’s made is fantastic.
“It’s what all strikers are dreaming of and he will want to continue because the season will be long and we will need him for important games.”
The form of Costa has been aided by ex-Arsenal man Cesc Fabregas, who has added precision and creativity to the side following his arrival over the summer. Their respective starts to the campaign have taken the pressure off of Eden Hazard in the midfield, and Drogba is happy to see the Belgian international prosper alongside the vision and ability of Fabregas.
“They’re so good,” he continued.
“They bring a lot to the team, their pace and vision is amazing.
“We are always going to create chances. That’s why we have to defend well as a team and hope for these players to create the good assists.”