Chelsea’s Demba Ba: Staying motivated hasn’t been a problem

Chelsea striker Demba Ba insists he has remained positive despite being out-of-favour for much of the season

Demba Ba
Chelsea forward Demba Ba Photo: The Sport Review

Demba Ba insists that he remained motivated throughout a difficult season at Chelsea.

The Senegal striker, who moved to Newcastle United from the Blues, has been out-of-favour for much of the campaign under Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

I don’t really need motivation to play

Demba Ba

Ba scored in a 2-0 victory over Premier League leaders Liverpool on Sunday after netting the winner against Paris Saint-Germain in Champions League quarter-final second leg.

But the 28-year-old is enjoying his football ahead of the return leg against Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

“I’ve had some tough periods but, at the end of the day, I know that football is what I love doing,” Ba told the Daily Telegraph.

“I don’t really need motivation to play. It’s always good for a player to be on the field, rather than on the sidelines.

“It’s difficult because any time you’re going to get your chance, you’re not as fit as you should be because you don’t have the tempo of the game.

“The less you play it’s difficult so mentally you need to be prepared to give everything, more than what you have.”

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