Essien: Strange Chelsea preseason without Drogba, Kalou
As he returns to the normal routine, there is one major difference for Essien at Chelsea this season; his good friends and fellow Africans Drogba and Kalou are no longer sharing the same dressing room with him.
Essien told chelseafc.com: "I will miss them but that is the game, it is part of our job and we have to deal with it. I wish them the very best of luck and we still keep in touch.
"It was a very good way for them to say goodbye to the club, playing the Champions League Final because we have been looking for that trophy for a long time."