Chelsea ace Didier Drogba admits mocking former manager Andre Villas-Boas when he declared they would win the Champions League this season.

Roberto di Matteo restored the club's disgruntled old guard, Chelsea somehow managed to overturn a 3-1 deficit to beat Napoli and they also found a way past Benfica before upsetting holders Barcelona in the Champions League semis.

In today's France Football, Drogba said: "We went through against Barca even though we are a lot less strong than we were in 2009.

"Football is funny. I remember in November Villas-Boas had told me we would win the Champions League.

"I responded 'Are you dreaming or what? We've lost all our values. There's no more team. It's impossible'.

"Finally the return of the old players, with Lampard and me, did the team good."