The Champions League had always been the target, the glaring omission from the trophy cabinet after three Premier League titles and four FA Cups in the Abramovich era.
"In the dressing room he was there and it was a nice moment," admits Drogba to the Daily Mail.
"Maybe it was the first time we saw something like that happen, but it was really nice. There were no restrictions. There are some games when he is happy because we have won. That day was special.
"It is up to the players to create a relationship with him. The more you talk with your boss the more you understand what he wants.
"They are important elements in a relationship, especially when you know that he isn't there for every game. We still speak, we stay in contact and that's normal. It's what you expect when you spend eight years with one club."