Chelsea striker Demba Ba proved that the strikers at the club are more than capable of scoring goals with his late effort against Paris St Germain in the Champions League quarter-finals.
This late goal helped the blues get to the semifinals 3-3 on aggregate, but they have progressed due to the away goals. For long periods of the match, it looked like Chelsea would be unable to get the crucial second goal that would put them in the semifinals. Andre Schurrle had given the club the lead in the first half.
Manager Jose Mourinho was recently critical of the strikers at the club after his team lost 3-1 in the first leg. He said that he doubted whether there were real strikers at Chelsea. However, in the second leg, he had all the three strikers – Ba, Torres, and Samuel Eto’o – on the pitch. Ba, who is widely linked with an exit from Chelsea in the summer, says that he is happy to take his chance because he rarely gets it nowadays. He is also happy to prove that Mourinho has some quality strikers, who will be subjected to transfer interest from several clubs across Europe.
The 28-year-old was signed from Newcastle for £ 7 million, but he has rarely featured for the club.
"We have three great strikers and I think that a lot of clubs would like to have them. Maybe he [Mourinho] doesn't have strikers to his liking. I'm happy to have liberated us. I haven't been given my chance much this season and I've taken it. I'm not out for revenge,” said Ba.
"I'm happy for him. A good guy, a good professional, a good group man. The fact I played him before Nando [Torres] made him feel that he doesn't have the number three striker on his back. His enthusiasm was fantastic and he started giving Paris problems that, normally, they don't have in their league where it's a completely different style,” said Mourinho.