Now striker Drogba admits they need the attacking magic of champs Manchester United.
He said: "It would be good to be a little more flamboyant and daring.
"We were too careful, too sensible last season. This team needs to be a bit wilder.
"I have had Mourinho on the phone several times since the end of the Premiership and he is all psyched up.
"That is when he is at his best, when he has the feeling the whole world is against him. He is a winner who adores difficulty. It stimulates him."