With the FA Cup fifth round tie between Manchester United and Chelsea on the horizon, memories of the club’s past glories in the famous competition will be sure to flood the memory as one of England’s classic fixtures has another chapter written.
The pair met in the final of last season’s FA Cup competition, and were also up against each other in the quarter-final of the 2017 edition, but their last meeting before that came way back in 2013, again in the quarter-final.
A lot has changed in the six years since that game, which Chelsea won 1-0 thanks to a Demba Ba strike, so let’s take a look at where some of the Blues’ heroes on that day are now…
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The Senegalese marksman hit an excellent winner in the aforementioned 1-0 win. Nowadays, at 33 years of age, Ba is currently playing in Turkey for Istanbul Basaksehir on loan from Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua.
Now at 34 years of age, Fernando Torres is playing in Japan with Sagan Tosu, where he isn’t getting close to the goalscoring figures that he used to reach.
The man who has won the World Cup and scored the winning goal in the 2008 European Championship final has netted just three goals in 17 J-League appearances this season, as his glittering career looks to be coming to a steady halt.
The former England international now finds himself at Championship side Derby, amazingly playing under his teammate from that aforementioned 1-0 over the Red Devils in Frank Lampard, who is the Rams manager.
Cole went to Italy with Roma after leaving the Blues before chancing his arm in America with LA Galaxy, but he’s now back in the familiar territory of English football. He’s so far made only one Championship appearance this season.
The Brazilian international left Stamford Bridge three years ago, moving to Chinese side Jiangsu Suning in a £25m deal.
Ramires was a fans’ favourite at Chelsea and offered fantastic energy in midfield. He’s producing good form in China with seven goals and three assists in 23 league starts.
After a decade-long stay in west London, John Obi Mikel followed Ramires’ lead and moved to China to sign for Tianjin TEDA.
The Nigerian spent two years in the Chinese Super League, before moving back to England last month to team up with Tony Pulis at Middlesbrough and help aid their promotion charge.