Didier Drogba inspired Chelsea to 3-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night at Stamford Bridge, as Jose Mourinho’s side maintained their six-point lead at the top of the Premier League table.
Tottenham missed two early chances when in-form striker Harry Kane hit the bar and then dragged a shot wide, before the home team opened the scoring through Eden Hazard on 19 minutes after a neat one-two with Drogba.
The Ivorian, who was replacing the suspended Diego Costa in the line-up, then added a goal of his own soon after, when keeper Hugo Lloris directed a goal-kick straight into the path of Hazard.
He passed to Oscar, who in turn fed his veteran teammate for the second, with Chelsea shifting into cruise control from there.
The 36-year-old was later substituted for fellow striker Loic Remy in the 65th-minute, with the Frenchman going on to seal the result eight minutes later with a well-placed shot past Lloris.
Drogba has now netted five times in 17 total appearances since returning to Stamford Bridge this summer, and his performance on the night led Mourinho to sing his praises on the final whistle.
"The important thing is he is here and will finish his career with Chelsea," he told the BBC.
"It looks, for me, that he's going to stay doing other things when he finishes his career.
"It's remarkable," the Portuguese boss continued. "First of all he's a team player. He's not selfish, not vain. He's a humble guy who plays for the team, fights for the team. He's fantastic.
"I was expecting exactly this. I played against him at Real Madrid and I could feel the kind of potential he still has."
Fans were seemingly just as delighted with the Blues legend’s showing, with many taking to Twitter after the match to hail his impact.
Drogba was amazing yesterday. Can't believe he left then came back. It's like he never left.— Fatima (@madridista_ffm) December 4, 2014
Drogba was amazing tonight. An assist, terrifying their defenders & using his strength to score a goal. Just like the old days!— Emma Martin (@MsEmmaMartin) December 3, 2014
Drogba is still an amazing finisher.— Victor Scamorza (@VictorScamorza) December 3, 2014
After all this time, Drogba's still got it.— Zahra Hasan (@Zahra_Hasan) December 3, 2014
Drogba's finish today, mate. Class is permanent.— Tanveer (@TheRealTanveer) December 3, 2014
Drogba's comeback > Henry's comback— Warren (@WarrenEades1) December 3, 2014
Even now its still Drogba's goals that get the biggest cheer. Classic.— Tom. (@11tbrent) December 3, 2014
Drogbas a talent even at his age— Ryan Griffiths (@RyGrifffo) December 3, 2014
Drogba's 36 and still banging them in! Absolute machine— Ryan Taylor (@taylor__rt) December 3, 2014
Drogba was simply outstanding tonight. No words to describe his assist (for the Hazard goal) & his own goal. This is where he belongs. #CFC— Tapan Oza (@tapanoza_) December 3, 2014
Drogba's talent amazes me !!— Christian Aime (@mr_chriis) December 3, 2014
Its amazing just how quickly Drogba managed to get back into the groove of the Premier League.— Karthik Subramaniam (@Karthik287) December 3, 2014
This man Drogba is the defination of a true legend. Loyal to the club, loyal to the manager. No matter what. #CFC— Martin Leyva II (@__Dopest_Stonre) December 4, 2014