Chelsea hero Drogba: I was driven on by African Nations Cup heartbreak
It is only just over three months ago that he missed a spot-kick that proved to be a key moment in the Ivory Coast's shock defeat by Zambia in the African Nations Cup final.
Yet, if anything, Drogba drew confidence from that setback.
"I still had in my head what happened in the African Nations Cup when I could have won the game for my team," he said.
"But at the same time I was confident.
"I was just saying to myself 'Today, we don't cry''.
"And at the end, when the boss jumped on me I said it again, 'Today, we don't cry'."