Drogba may not be what he was in all round play... but in one very important aspect he is.
He's a talisman.
Looked at pure in statistics, Drogba only really had two great seasons for Chelsea, 2006-7 and 2009-10. Outside of those two years he finished each season with between 5 and 12 league goals which frankly would be pretty awful for the leading striker for a mid-table (or even relegation threatened) team, let alone the leading striker for a team with the ambition to challenge for the quadruple each year. But I don't think anyone would deny that Drogba was a central part of the Chelsea team and a huge reason for its success. He's the sort of player who makes everyone around him play better and we saw that last night. As soon as he came on the pitch the Ivory Coast lifted their heads and took control. Roy of the Rovers style things might be overplayed in football... but Drogba tends to do it every season.
This was a great result for the Ivory Coast. Their defence, collectively and individually, may be a bit of a shambles but they have the attacking players to pull them through... except last night they didn't. Bony wasted a host of chances while both Toure and Gervinio were far from their best. Going 1-0 down and missing all those shots with two key players looking off the pace? It was the sort of match where you'd expect them to fall apart. But they didn't. They kept plugging away and they pulled through. And I don't think both Toure and Gervinio will be as bad as they were last night (or at least for the opening part of last night). In a competitive group I still think they're the team to beat.