For the second time in a week Ba comes up with the goods to provide Chelsea with a much needed win over relegation battling Swansea. Chelsea were coming into this game off the back of another great night in Europe’s elite competition against PSG and made it three wins in a row for Mourinho’s men.
Swansea started this key match for both teams as the better side, making a few half chances and looking like the team who wanted the points more. The most notable chance coming from a well placed header from Bony forcing Cech to make a routine, but very good stop at his near post. Not long after Chico Flores looked to have made Chelsea’s afternoon a whole lot easier by earning himself two bookings within minutes of each other.
Chelsea on the other hand were walking out onto the pitch knowing the result between Manchester City and Liverpool, with the understanding a win here would put us right back in the title race. But Chelsea started the game looking tired from their heroics midweek, not really creating any chances and really missing something in the middle of the park.
As the game went on and we saw chance after chance either not hit the target or the final pass just was not up to standard, the worst could have been feared. Mourinho even went with two up top from the start of the second half to try and give their defence more to think about but nothing was working. Nearly all our attacking options had clear chances but it just did not look like we were in luck.
But when Ba brought down Matic’s lovely ball over the top of Swansea’s unorganised defence, we got all our luck at once. Ba’s powerful shot just to the right of the Swansea’s goalkeeper Michel Vorm should have really been saved quiet comfortably, but the shot went under Vorm and rippled up the back of the net to give Chelsea the breakthrough.
Even with Mikel on to replace Ba, we still continued to dominate the game and have a handful more chances which could have made the score line look more convincing. 1-0 is never comfortable; even with Mourinho in charge, and when Shelvey crossed a delightful ball into the box Cech done extremely well to watch it all the way and tip the ball over the bar to keep us in front.
Relief is the word I think we all felt at the end of the game knowing we are still firmly in the title race. The players now have a much needed week to rest and prepare for our next game against Sunderland who are also fighting relegation and will be trying to gather any points they can from the game. Every game is now a cup final… Can we do the double?