DROGBA READY TO SEIZE FINAL CHANCE
Didier Drogba is determined not to let bad memories from the past cloud Chelsea's build-up to this year's Champions League final.
Chelsea lost their previous European Cup final to Manchester United in 2008, coming within a penalty kick of winning the trophy before eventually losing the shoot-out in Moscow.
Four years on and the Blues are back in the final - they face Bayern Munich on Saturday - and Drogba is determined not to dwell on the 2008 disappointment.
"It's not good to speak about the past because we have a great moment here," he said.
"I could speak with you about Bayern Munich and the next Champions League final rather than speak about the other final."
The Ivory Coast international, sent off on that night in Moscow, has also lost two Africa Cup of Nations finals so would rather draw on his memories of big performances in domestic finals - he again scored as Chelsea won the FA Cup earlier this month.
He added: "I've got a lot of disappointments but I've also got a lot of great moments in finals so I'm going to try to make sure that, for my team-mates, this one is a great one.
Admitting this weekend's clash was "one of the biggest games" of his career, he added: "I've played a lot with Chelsea but this one is going to be special because it's only the second time we have reached the Champions League final.
"So we are going to do everything to go there and be ready to play against this German team."
The 34-year-old, out of contract at the end of the season, also revealed that Chelsea's mindset following their defeat in Russia may have cost them a return to the final in subsequent years.
"After Moscow, we thought that we were going to get to the final the next year," he admitted.
"But that's Champions League - it's very difficult to reach the final and I think it shows how much we deserve to be there today."
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