Chelsea striker Didier Drogba claims he has 'got his energy' back following the sacking of former manager Luiz Felipe Scolari.
The Ivory Coast star scored just three goals in 21 appearances under the Brazilian coach after struggling with fitness and form during the opening half of the season.
Drogba started the season with a knee injury and was then left out of the side on numerous occasions following a suggestion from Scolari that he wasn't 100 per cent fit.
Since Guus Hiddink was handed the reins on an interim basis in February, Drogba has bagged eight goals and he believes the decision to sack Scolari has been good for his game.
"I really missed playing earlier in the season and now I am really hungry to perform," he told the Evening Standard.
"Scolari leaving made a big difference to me and the team. I was given a chance to show I was not injured any more and that I was ready to help the team.
"I have my energy back. The last two months my desire to play and win games has been very strong."