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EPL: Jose Mourinho's half-time speech got Didier Drogba fired up

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba says half-time pep talk from manager Jose Mourinho inspired Blues to come-from-behind 3-1 away victory against Leicester City

London: Didier Drogba admitted manager Jose Mourinho's half-time pep talk inspired Chelsea to put one hand on the EPL title.

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba (right) shoots past a number of Leicester City defenders during the EPL match at King Power Stadium in Leicester on Wednesday. Pic/AFP
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba (right) shoots past a number of Leicester City defenders during the EPL match at King Power Stadium in Leicester on Wednesday. Pic/AFP 

Chelsea will win the league with victory over Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on Sunday following a 3-1 success at Leicester on Wednesday. But Chelsea needed a half-time rallying call to come from behind following Marc Albrighton's opener at the King Power Stadium. Drogba, John Terry and Ramires scored to move Mourinho's side 13 points clear of Manchester City and Arsenal.

And Drogba, who levelled just three minutes after the break, admitted they needed some strong words to help them recover. "A lot of things (were said), a few things you don't want to hear, but a few things which were very good for us to hear," he told Chelsea TV.

"You could see in the second half there was a change, a reaction, and that was the goal of the speech, to create a reaction. It's important to show the way and show reactions and I'm really happy I managed to do it. The game didn't look good in the first half, the way we played and started. We are really happy with three good goals, we played very well in the second half."

Cech wants fourth title
Goalkeeper Petr Cech (32) has won the title thrice with Chelsea and is eager to clinch a fourth over the weekend. "This team has a very good balance, that's why everything is working. We've overcome difficult moments this season, so hopefully we can wrap it up at home. It's amazing when you win a title, but if you win at home, it puts the icing on the cake," Cech said.

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