It was hardly his best performance in a Chelsea shirt, but when it mattered most Demba Ba managed to deliver. Capitalising on Steven Gerrard’s slip, the forward strode through on goal and confidently finished past Simon Mignolet. After the match, Jose Mourinho praised the striker for doing ‘fantastically for his goal, staying cool against a good goalkeeper.’
Ba’s strike at Anfield was the latest in a number of recent vital contributions. Goals against Paris Saint-Germain and Swansea City kept Chelsea alive in the Champions League and Premier League respectively.
But despite this impressive goalscoring return in recent weeks, Ba may find himself back amongst the substitutes for the visit of Atletico Madrid on Wednesday. Fernando Torres was preferred for the first leg and Mourinho may plump for the Spaniard once again.
Should Ba start? A quick search on Twitter reveals that many Chelsea fans believe that the “Special One” should stick with the Senegalese striker after his goal at Anfield.
Demba Ba should always start instead of Failnando Torres for Chelsea!
— Yanal Malkosh (@Bavaryann) April 27, 2014
THAT is why Ba should start every game. He knows how to take an oppertunity!
— BVV Sam (@BVV_Sam) April 27, 2014
Surely Ba should start from now on
— Jake Armstrong (@Jaake_Armstrong) April 27, 2014
I reckon BA should start vs Atletico he’s scoring and in form let him keep doing what he’s doing and getting goals. #CFC
— ChelseaDaily365 (@ChelseaDaily365) April 27, 2014
3. BA has mad luck going for him.. If I were Mou I might play him against athletico on wednesday
— Jean Deaux (@itzkidmarley) April 27, 2014
I hope we have Ba on Wednesday
— Grace (@MrsLuiz_) April 27, 2014
Demba Ba has shown so much heart and passion on the games he’s played this season. Wouldn’t mind him starting Wednesday but he won’t.
— BlueTweetsFC™ (@BlueTweetsFC) April 27, 2014
Okay. Demba Ba starts against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.
— Offor Ikechukwu (@Maxwelikechukwu) April 27, 2014
— Amir Hussain (@_AmirHussain) April 27, 2014
Really don’t know what Torres offers anymore?! At least Ba offers the battering ram approach. Torres a waste of a player.
— Whitehouse Address (@The_W_Address) April 27, 2014
Ba has netted three times in Europe in five appearances this season, with four of those coming from the bench. Having delivered in such a crucial match at the weekend, it will be interesting to see whether Mourinho agrees with these fans and selects the striker come Wednesday.