Mata: We must cope without Drogba
Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata says the club has had to find a way to cope without former striker Didier Drogba.
The Ivorian left the Blues for Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua at the start of the season and the London side has struggled to find a clinical striker to replace him.
"Drogba's departure was like an electric shock for us," Mata told So Foot. "He was a warrior.
"We've had to learn to cope without him because for many long years he was Chelsea's lightning conductor.
"With Drogba we were conditioned to play in a certain way."
Mata's compatriot Fernando Torres has been under pressure for not scoring regularly, but the Spaniard believes the team has to adjust to his strengths.
"His runs aren't the same," said Mata. "He's not a funnel for our play like Drogba could be.
"He doesn't like the holding-it-up role. He prefers finding space and facing the goal.
"For me, he is still one of the best strikers in the world."