Drogba's departure has heralded a transformation in the way Chelsea play - indeed, they bear more resemblance to Arsenal now than they do to the team Drogba inspired to Champions League glory last season.
Manager Di Matteo said: "Didier Drogba has been a fantastic player for this club for many years, but we have to move on from that.
"That's the past. We're looking to the future now."
Di Matteo denied Chelsea would adopt a radically different approach tomorrow to that in the past, adding: "It's always a football game. You try to beat them by playing football."
Technically, Di Matteo is correct, but there is more than one way to do that, some see teams praised and some condemned.
"I loved my side last season as well," Di Matteo said.
"I think everybody likes different aspects of football.
"We were very successful last season and played some good football. You always focus on a couple of games, but we played some good stuff."