Meireles, ecstatic after the Blues' 2-1 win over Manchester City helped them back into the title race, insists Drogba, 33, is still the club's talisman.
He told The Sun: "Drogba is the key to this team. We need Didier and his goals.
"He scored twice against Valencia last week and another against Newcastle and both times he demonstrated his quality at the decisive moment.
"He'll boost our title charge. We have all spoken in the dressing room and our challenge now is to obtain every home point going until the end of the season."