LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: Didier Drogba and Petr Cech of Chelsea pose with the trophy after the Capital One Cup Final match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium on March 1, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Didier Drogba has paid tribute to his former Chelsea team-mate Petr Cech following his announcement he will retire at the end of this season

Drogba, who himself retired from football back in November, joined Chelsea in 2004 alongside Cech from France and together the pair made their Blues debuts on the same day.

The duo later played big roles in Chelsea’s successes over the following 11 years with the club winning four Premier League titles, the Champions League and many other honours.

Now Drogba, who scored the winning penalty in Chelsea’s Champions League triumph over Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in 2012, recalled Cech’s exploits that night.

“There are so many times when people talk about me scoring the winning penalty in Munich, but I always tell them there would have been no winning penalty if you weren’t there,’ Drogba told Cech on the club website.

“In the final, I scored the equaliser, but you made some great saves that night and I don’t think you get enough credit for what you did.

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“Strikers are the ones people talk about but, for me, you are the one who won us the final.

“That’s why I had to run to you when I scored the penalty, I didn’t run to you by mistake.”