Didier Drogba has revealed that he is emerging from the toughest six months of his career.
The Chelsea striker has gone through a difficult time since his dismissal during last season’s Champions League final defeat to Manchester United.
Injury then meant he did not play until September and upon his return he was charged with violent conduct by the Football Association for throwing a coin back at Burnley fans during their Carling Cup clash at Stamford Bridge earlier this month.
“It has been really tough in the last six months,” he told Sky Sports News.
“But I’ve been through difficult moments before, so I know how to get myself out of this.
“Too many bad things have been said on me in the last few weeks, I don’t really want to speak about it; I feel like what I’ve done [the coin throwing] is really bad.
“So it is better for me to keep quiet on that and to be back on the pitch and do what I know best.”
Drogba believes that the criticism he has received in the press has been opne-sided.
“It’s not my fault. I’m a football player and a public person; to be criticised, okay – but I think sometimes we need to be fair,” he added.
“It’s easy to say Drogba is guilty for the loss (in Moscow) instead to say Chelsea were unlucky. I had to (take the blame).
“I was really disappointed as there was only a few minutes to go, once again I don’t know how I put myself in this situation during a game you can do something you don’t realise.
“People say I would have taken the fifth penalty and we would have won the game, but I may have missed it anyway – you learn a lot from this sort of situation and that is what life is about – you have to learn and I am learning every day.
“It’s difficult – from this coin situation, from the red card. But I can’t lose and I won’t lose my happiness; it’s not possible.”