Demba Ba insists Chelsea gamers DIDN’T take pleasure in killing Liverpool’s title dream in 2014 after he pounced on THAT Steven Gerrard slip to attain the opening purpose… and admits he had no concept how a lot the sport meant to followers on the time
- Ex-Chelsea star Demba Ba has regarded again on an notorious conflict with Liverpool
- The striker punished Steven Gerrard’s slip to attain the opener at Anfield in 2014
- One other swift counter assault wrapped up a 2-0 win to finish their title goals
- Ba stated Chelsea did not take pleasure in inflicting the heartbreak however didn’t really feel any guilt
Chelsea didn’t take pleasure in breaking Liverpool‘s hearts in 2014 by profitable 2-0 at Anfield, in keeping with Demba Ba – however the former striker insists he feels no guilt regardless of pouncing on a humiliating Steven Gerrard slip.
Jose Mourinho’s aspect punished a sloppy Reds outfit who have been inches away from sealing a primary title in many years as they battled with Manchester Metropolis within the ultimate video games of the season, and Chelsea proved to be their ultimate stumbling block.
Objectives from Ba and Willian, each from counter assaults, ensured a day of distress for Liverpool followers that can go down in Premier League historical past – with Metropolis happening to win the league after Brendan Rodgers‘ males imploded.
Demba Ba says Chelsea didn’t take pleasure in punishing Liverpool to finish their title goals in 2014
The ahead pounced on a vital mistake by Steven Gerrard to attain the opener at Anfield
The second will perpetually be referred to as one among Liverpool’s darkest days in Premier League historical past
Liverpool would go on to give up a 3-0 lead towards Crystal Palace within the following recreation handy their rivals the crown.
Chatting with the Athletic, Ba stated the Blues took no pleasure from inflicting the heartbreak and simply savoured the three factors – and admits had no clue the sport held a lot significance till a number of years had handed.
‘It was traumatic for them,’ he stated. ‘However we did not take pleasure in the truth that we killed their dream, we merely loved profitable.’
‘I solely realised how massive a deal that was a few years later, when folks nonetheless talked about it. They nonetheless discuss it!’
Ba says Chelsea merely loved the three factors however didn’t really feel responsible concerning the heartbreak
There have been wild scenes on the touchline as Jose Mouinho carried out a trademark celebration
That 2013-14 season was the right probability for Reds skipper Gerrard to assert his first ever Premier League crown, however it could not have ended any worse for the legendary midfielder as he slipped to the turf after what ought to have been a easy amassing of possession – with Ba stealing the ball off him and racing by means of to attain the primary purpose.
That second has been a supply of embarrassment to Liverpool followers and naturally Gerrard himself ever since, however Ba stated he felt no guilt and claimed it was merely a part of soccer, however praised the participant’s achievements within the recreation.
”No, not likely. as a result of that is the sport,’ he added. ‘You make errors and others take benefit. What Steven Gerrard has completed for the world of soccer is super. However that is life, sadly. Not all tales can finish in fairytales.’
Ba, who has now retired after rounding off his enjoying days in Turkey and Switzerland, remembers then-Chelsea boss Mourinho firing up his troops by urging them to point out they have been extra than simply underdogs for the sport, which impressed him to supply a high show.
Ba praised Gerrard’s achievements within the recreation however stated his mistake was a part of soccer
‘I bear in mind Jose saying: “They think we’re a Mickey Mouse team! But we will show them!” And we went out preventing. I used to be up towards Martin Skrtel and Mama (Mamadou Sakho) and I performed an unbelievable recreation. I felt like I did at Newcastle. This was the sport that modified Jose’s view of me, I feel.’
Ba performed for simply two seasons at Stamford Bridge, having been a shock signing from Newcastle in 2012 – enjoying 51 video games and scoring 14 occasions throughout that interval – and he endured a uncommon trophyless patch throughout that point because the Blues struggled briefly after profitable the Champions League in 2011-12.
The previous Senegal worldwide joined the Premier League with West Ham United in 2011, earlier than linking up with Newcastle later that 12 months, making his identify at St James’ Park with an incredible partnership alongside Papiss Cisse.
The 2013-14 season that noticed him trigger such controversy could be his final within the English high flight. After leaving Chelsea, he would signal for Besiktas and later featured for Shanghai Shenhua earlier than returning to Turkey with Istanbul Basaksehir.