The story of Senegalese striker Demba Ba rescuing star studded Chelsea’s season twice in 4 days would be deemed as fiction barely a month ago but as things are at the Bridge, Ba seems like the most likely player to score in the absence of the talismanic Hazard. A solitary goal from the former Newcastle man after putting in a hard-working shift for his team saw the Blues rise 5 points clear of Manchester City and within 2 off leaders Liverpool whom they are yet to play at Anfield later this season.
As the title-race heats up game after game, its important to keep up the pressure if your aren’t at the very top. Chelsea began the game in South Wales on the front foot. Egyptian winger Mohammed Salah could’ve comfortably put Jose’s men in the lead in the 6th minute but the former Basel man grazed the post as his effort went painstakingly wide.
3 minutes prior to Salah’s appalling miss Pablo Hernandez missed a glorious opportunity to snatch an early lead for the Swans. 13 minutes into the game, Swans had another chance. This time Wilfried Bony directing his powerful header towards the top corner only for Petr Cech to come up with an acrobatic save. 3 minutes later, after already receiving a yellow card earlier – Chico Flores brought down Andre Schurrle right around the edge of the box. After a lots of protests and deliberation, referee Phil Dowd flashed the 2nd yellow and Flores was off. His 3rd red card in 2 seasons, more than the number of goals he has scored – 2.
The sending off meant Swansea were left exposed down to 10 mean for 70 odd minutes of the game. However, It wasn’t until the 68th minute when Nemanja Matic found Demba Ba who showed strength and shrugged off Ashley Williams to fire a low shot past a helpless Michel Vorm for the opener from the edge of the box. The goal, though late, did arrive and it did from the boot of Demba Ba.
Though the Blues fashioned a lots of chances towards the end, another goal wasn’t to come and at the end of the day it’s the 3 points that mattered. Within 2 points of Liverpool and yet to play the Reds, Jose Mourinho’s side are very much in it to win it.