Didier Drogba has seen some pretty good Chelsea teams in his time at Stamford Bridge. Having skipped a couple of years following his heroics in Munich, the Ivorian is perhaps the best placed out of any of the current players to evaluate just how this side -- unbeaten in 19 games to start the season -- stacks up against the Blues of the mid 2000s. And his answer, despite containing a major caveat, is extremely positive:
I think Chelsea have the chance to say we had great teams in terms of spirit [in the past], a machine in terms of hard work and efficiency. This one is efficient too, but with the attacking players, the passing rate and quality of passing is higher. We have more creative players, which makes it maybe better to look at. Either way, the most important thing is to win titles, so this team will only be good if it wins titles and big trophies. Then we will be able to compare it with previous sides.
It mirrors what we've heard from Jose Mourinho in the past few weeks: this team isn't going to be considered a great side until it's won something, which is fair enough. With the advantage we have in the league, it'd be slightly worrying if Chelsea went trophy-less for a second straight season and rather difficult to heap much praise upon the side. But if all goes well, we can expect to have some very fond memories of Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and company. Combining the killer instinct of Mourinho's old Chelsea with the flair of the current setup would be something else.
Oh, and one more thing:
I was a defender once and, you know, I try to face them in training. After that I have to go to the massage room and get some treatment because they’re that good.