Didier Drogba has asked for patience in his bid to show some of his former brilliance after returning to Chelsea.
The 36-year-old missed last Saturday's Premier League defeat of Swansea with an ankle problem, but was thrust into the starting line-up for Wednesday night's Champions League clash with Schalke.
Drogba was unable to add to his 157 Blues goals - accrued over eight years, from 2004 to 2012 - and Chelsea were punished as the Germans claimed a 1-1 draw.
"For a first game they were okay, kind of okay," Drogba, who left Stamford Bridge after scoring the decisive penalty in the 2012 European Cup win, told Chelsea TV.
"The good thing is no pain in the ankle, so now I can start working and training and improve the condition.
"I was feeling much better in the second half. I'm like a diesel, I need time."
Chelsea 1 Schalke 1 player ratings
Chelsea 1 Schalke 1 player ratings
1/22 Thibaut Courtois
Hardly worked until forced to make an impressive stop from Kevin-Prince Boateng before the break. Could do nothing with Klaas Jan Huntelaar's leveller. 6/10
2/22 Branislav Ivanovic
As attacking as ever from full-back, provided a great ball in to Cesc Fabregas. 7.
3/22 Gary Cahill
Fairly comfortable night but Julian Draxler skipped by with ease on one first-half occasion. 6.
4/22 John Terry
Reliable as ever on his 600th start for Chelsea. Booked for kicking the ball away - and into the Schalke goal. Late effort cleared from under the crossbar. 7
5/22 Filipe Luis
Maiden start in a Chelsea shirt and an assured performance from the Brazil left-back. 6.
6/22 Nemanja Matic
Usually rock-solid but was caught on the back foot more than once by the impressive Draxler. 6.
The Brazilian's inclusion allowed a more advanced role for Fabregas. Usual workmanlike display. 6.
Played in a wider role to allow Fabregas to operate through the middle. Started well but not enough influence. 5.
9/22 Cesc Fabregas
Opened his Chelsea account in the early stages but could have been booked for a challenge in the build-up. Fluffed his lines when presented with a great second chance and caught out for Schalke's equaliser. 7.
10/22 Eden Hazard
Pulled the strings once more and can orchestrate many more successful nights for Chelsea on this display. Faded slightly in the second half but had two good chances to win it late on. 8
11/22 Didier Drogba
His last kick in Europe for Chelsea before tonight was the winning penalty in their final win over Bayern Munich, tonight the experienced striker could not find the back of the net but came very close on the hour. 6
12/22 Ralf Fahrmann
Made a bizarre attempt to clear Willian’s cross with his feet, and looked uncomfortable dealing with crosses. 5
13/22 Marco Hoger
Pinned back by Willian in the first-half, the right-back grew into the game after the interval and looked more assured. Booked for time wasting late on. 6
14/22 Kaan Ayman
Dealt well with Drogba, and was largely untroubled. 6
15/22 Roman Neustadter
Solid performance, and cleared Remy’s shot off the line in the closing stages. 6
16/22 Christian Fuchs
Made important first-half tackle to deny Drogba, and got forward more in the second half. 5
17/22 Kevin-Prince Boateng
Had a few decent efforts from range, as the former Portsmouth midfielder did his best to make things happen from unfamiliar deeper role. Booked for clumsy foul on Hazard. 6
18/22 Dennis Aogo
Usually a full-back, the German international struggled with Fabregas’s movement in central midfield. 5
19/22 Sidney Sam
Disappointing – thrashed at a few shots and over-elaborated when in decent positions. 5
20/22 Max Meyer
Impressed with his energy and willingness to take players on. 6
21/22 Julian Draxler
Schalke’s best player by a distance – looked a cut above with his pace and direct running. Unfortunate not to score in the first-half at the end of a powerful burst, and set up Klaas-Jan Huntelaar’s goal following a similar run. 7
22/22 Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
Took his goal superbly having endured a frustrating evening up until that point. Didn’t do much besides scoring, but that’s always been the Dutchman’s game. Booked for dissent in the first-half. 6
Drogba twice was unable to convert what would once have been meat and drink to him, firstly when Willian crossed inside the six-yard box and then when Eden Hazard played him in.
Drogba added: "I had (chances), especially the one in the second half. It was a clear chance and I think it's unlucky.
"If I score there there's no more game. The fact that you don't score, they still believe in the equaliser and that's what happened afterwards."
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