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The Blues captain praised the role of two-goal hero Didier Drogba in the victory at Stamford Bridge as Andre Villas-Boas' men finished top of Group E to reach the last 16

Chelsea captain John Terry believes that his side’s 3-0 win over Valencia, which ensured qualification from Group E of the Champions League in top spot, is a sign that the Blues are getting back to their best.

The central defender praised the contribution of Didier Drogba, the Ivorian striker notching two goals in a vintage performance that rolled back the years.

“We’re obviously delighted,” Terry told Sky Sports after the match.

“We left it too late in the group but we’ve done the job tonight with a good, solid performance. The big man [Drogba] was fantastic tonight; he held it up brilliantly for us. It was going to be very difficult, which it was, so we needed a low line and a big man to hold it up and give us time to get up, which he’s done.”

The England skipper admitted that manager Andre Villas-Boas had changed tactics “a little bit”, deploying a deeper defensive line to make sure not to concede.

“It was important that we didn’t concede and we set out with a good gameplan,” Terry added.

“Obviously we had the goal early from Didier which clearly helped our cause but we had to hold on. We got the second goal and the manager said at half-time that the third would kill them off, which it did; they were deflated after that.

“Slowly but surely we’re getting back to our best. We’ve had our dip in form this season and hopefully that’s the end of it.

“[Saturday’s win against] Newcastle was a building block and we won again today. We’ve obviously got a massive game on Monday against Manchester City - we’ll prepare for that and take them on.”

Two-goal hero Drogba also spoke following the match, adding that Chelsea had not let media pressure distract them from the task of qualifying.

“There was a lot of pressure,” the 33-year-old said.

“When you start the group stage, there are four teams so you have to play until the last day. We still had the chance to finish top and our attitude was positive, thinking positive and wanting to make a good result.

“I think the pressure can sometimes be positive.”

“I’m improving, I think,” the Ivorian added when asked about his fitness.

“I haven’t played that much since the beginning of this season but in the last three games I’ve managed to have more time on the pitch, which is helping me a lot in terms of fitness.”

Terry backed the striker to keep improving as he approaches 100 per cent match readiness.

“If this is 70 or 80 per cent fit, then there’s plenty more life in him still!” the Blues captain joked.

Chelsea go through to the last 16 as group winners ahead of Bayer Leverkusen, who drew 1-1 in Genk.