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Ba: I don´t feel pressure

20 April 2013 15:38

Chelsea striker Demba Ba believes he has settled well at the club and says he has felt no pressure since his January move from Newcastle.

The Senegalese international has made an impressive start to life at Chelsea, scoring six goals in 18 appearances, including a sensational winner in his side's FA Cup quarter-final tie with Manchester United.

Ba, 27, believes he has made yet another step up in his career, which saw him rejected by the likes of Watford and Gillingham during his early days before he settled at then-CFA French club Rouen.

Speaking to The Independent, Ba said: "When they said, 'You are going to Chelsea' I was like, 'Yeah, it's like the start of my career'.

"I had always worked to get to a club like Chelsea and start winning trophies.

"It (the past) was serious as well. No disrespect to other clubs, it was serious, but this is another level - something different."

On the pressure of playing for the Champions League holders, Ba said: "I enjoy what I do. It's like a gift. Someone gives you a gift, you are happy. If I give you a gift now, you are not going to have pressure."

Ba said he had no problem settling at Chelsea, despite the club's surprise early exit from the Champions League and the long-running managerial saga over Rafael Benitez's appointment as interim manager.

"I don't feel it," Ba said. "All I want to do is win for the club, the players, the manager.

"It doesn't matter if people don't like him or not. He is here, he is in charge, so we win together and if we lose, we lose together. If we win, everyone will be happy."

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2 - 2

Competition
Premier League
Date
21 April 2013
Game week
34
Kick-off
17:00
Half-time
0 - 1
Full-time
2 - 2
Venue
Anfield (Liverpool)
Attendance
45009

Goals

0 - 1
26' Oscar
 (assist by Mata)
D. Sturridge 52'
(assist by L. Suárez) 
1 - 1
1 - 2
57' E. Hazard (PG)
L. Suárez 90'+6
(assist by D. Sturridge) 
2 - 2

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
2
4
28 53'
34
12
7
17 57'
11 26'
9 38'
10
Coach: Rafael Benítez

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
15 52'
33 82'
1
11
16
35
37
# Player Bookings
30
13
8
19
22
26
29

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1 16 +23 39
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