Didier Drogba has denied trying to undermine Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas with a half-time speech on Saturday.

Reports suggest that the veteran striker addressed the players at the half-time interval of the 1-1 draw with Birmingham City in the FA Cup's fifth round but he has rubbished those claims, saying he simply used his leadership role to try and gee up the playing group who were a bit flat in the first 45 minutes.

"I want to make things clear - the manager made the speech at half-time and after that I think he's got some leaders in the team," he said.

"We are here to help him. After that we were trying to bring the team up after half-time and nothing more.

"We did what the manager wanted us to do and apply what he was saying.

"I think people are making a big thing about nothing."

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