As anticipated, Liverpool’s Premier League title clash with Chelsea this afternoon was an incredibly intense occasion. The Blues came away with a 2-0 win, but in truth, the match was determined by a single moment – Demba Ba’s goal in first half stoppage time.
So in homage to the Blues forward, whose match-time has been sparse to say the least this season, here’s three reasons Jose Mourinho should have used Ba more throughout the campaign.
The Senegal star may not exactly be the ‘world-class’ centre-forward Chelsea have been desperately calling out for over the last few years, but there’s no doubt he’s more than capable of regularly scoring goals. His Premier League record from prior spells at West Ham and Newcastle stands at a combined total of 36 goals in 66 outings, and in his last eight appearances for Chelsea, Ba has found the net five times.
Here’s his composed strike against Liverpool, taking advantage of a rare Stevie Gerrard gaff, which eventually shaped the match in Chelsea’s favour:
He’s developed a knack for scoring incredibly important goals too.
Mourinho has called Demba Ba his “cheat code” when it comes to getting important goals.
— Tales Of Demba (@TheTalesOfDemba) April 27, 2014
Has anyone scored bigger goals this season than Demba Ba? 1 to knock out PSG of UCL. And now 1 to potentially deny Liverpool title.
— Max Bretos (@mbretosESPN) April 27, 2014
My name’s Demba Ba, and for Chelsea I only score huge goals
— Frank Madeio (@JoeNormDonnison) April 27, 2014
Admittedly, Demba Ba’s clumsy feet may not offer too much to Chelsea in terms of build-up play. But measuring in at 6 foot 2, the 28 year-old comes with great height and power – two vital characteristics for any striker in a Jose Mourinho team, as pointed out by these Blues fans on Twitter:
Pace, power and composure. Demba Ba is the complete forward.
— Daniel Benzie (@ddarrko) April 27, 2014
At this point for Chelsea, Demba Ba is their best option up front. Sheer strength and aerial presence
— The Long Ball (@LongBallFoot) April 27, 2014
Composure, strength, pace, awareness and reactions all shown in 6 seconds by demba ba
— Nick (@Nick_OA) April 27, 2014
To give credit where it’s due, Fernando Torres’ cameo performance against his former club saw the Spaniard help Chelsea clinch the deciding goal of the afternoon – this breakaway in second-half stoppage time:
But as pointed out by these Chelsea fans on twitter, the £50million flop has been privy to a luxury of chances to prove himself this season and continually failed to, unlike Ba.
Wonder how many goals Demba Ba would have scored if he’d have been given the chances Torres had, hasn’t had enough opportunity #CFC
— Scott (@MadMontana) April 27, 2014
Demba Ba should definitely be getting more game time than torres, technically not as good but he gets goals
— Ryan West (@RyanWest1994) April 27, 2014