Chelsea striker Demba Ba said on Wednesday he remains buoyant despite enduring a 'tough' season at Stamford Bridge.
The Senegalese international was coach Jose Mourinho's third-choice frontman during most of the season, with the Portuguese often rotating between Samuel Eto'o and Fernando Torres.
But the 28-year-old has netted some crucial goals lately after being given a chance to demonstrate his abilities in front of goal.
He scored the winner against French side PSG in the second-leg of the Champions League quarter-final before scoring further decisive goals against Swansea City and Liverpool in the Premier League.
"I've had some tough periods but, at the end of the day, I know that football is what I love doing," Ba was quoted as saying by Sky Sports on Wednesday.
"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," he added.
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