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Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech believes Didier Drogba’s performance in the 2-0 win over Middlesbrough illustrated his commitment to the club.

Last week, Drogba told France Football that he wanted to leave Stamford Bridge following Jose Mourinho’s departure as manager.

The 29-year-old has subsequently expressed his regret at his remarks and said he will not look to force a move in January.

Drogba scored the opener in the Riverside Stadium encounter, and Cech has praised the forward’s display.

“Didier’s best answer was on the pitch,” Cech said. “He gave 100 per cent for us. He played an important game and found a crucial goal. What more can you say?

“Of course we are together as a team. He explained himself, which he has a right to do.

“As long as he plays 100 per cent for the team – and he has been doing that for years – then that’s fine.”

Following a poor start to the season, Chelsea sit seventh in the Premier League table – seven points behind leaders Arsenal.

But Avram Grant’s men have improved lately, and Cech has backed the side to show more consistency in the coming months.

“We hope to close the gap on the leaders as quickly as we can. December and January is usually our strongest period, when there are a lot of games coming,” he added.

“We’re looking to go into that period full of strength and in a good position.

“You can see from the direction that we are going that everyone is giving their all, even though it [losing Mourinho] was a big shock.

“We’ve tried to help the new manager and the new coaches by getting good results.”

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