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Drogba's words of wisdom inspire Chelsea

sports Updated: May 21, 2007 18:07 IST
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Didier Drogba backed his words with deeds as the Chelsea striker followed his inspirational pre-match speech with a FA Cup winning display.

Chelsea captain John Terry revealed that Drogba's most significant contribution on Saturday came before the final had even kicked off as he delivered an emotional address before going on to score the winner late in extra-time.

The Ivory Coast striker called his team-mates into a huddle moments before kick-off against Manchester United in an attempt to help settle any nerves.

He admitted he was feeling anxious about the 90 minutes ahead but would never stop fighting for the side and called for the same commitment from the rest of the team.

Terry was convinced that was exactly what Chelsea's players needed to hear as they prepared to dredge up one final effort from their weary bodies at the end of a gruelling campaign.

"Didi called everyone together and it was a great speech," Terry said. He said,"Guys I'm nervous, we're all nervous but one thing's for sure I'm going to fight and give everything. Not for anyone else but for every player".

"He looked them in the eye and it touched people. It was very good. We didn't know he was going to do it. He just called everyone together.

"When he said he'd fight no matter what then you can't ask no more than that. He's unbelievable. He's just such a great guy, on and off the pitch."

Suitably inspired, Chelsea managed to shake off the draining effects of their failed bid for a quadruple and stole the Cup from United with a 1-0 victory at the newly rebuilt Wembley.