Demba Ba insists Chelsea players DON’T like ruining Liverpool’s 2014 title dream
Demba Ba insists Chelsea did NOT enjoy killing Liverpool’s title dream in 2014 after plunging into Steven Gerrard’s slip to score…as he admits he had no idea how much the game meant to fans
- Ex-Chelsea star Demba Ba has looked back on an infamous clash with Liverpool
- The striker took advantage of Steven Gerrard’s slip to score the opener at Anfield in 2014
- Another quick counterattack secured a 2-0 win to end their title dreams
- Ba said Chelsea didn’t like causing the heartbreak but didn’t feel guilty
Chelsea did not enjoy breaking Liverpool’s hearts in 2014 by winning 2-0 at Anfield, according to Demba Ba.
Jose Mourinho’s side punished a shoddy Reds outfit that was inches away from winning a first title in decades as they battled Manchester City in the final games of the season, and Chelsea proved to be their last stumbling block.
Goals from Ba and Willian, both from counter-attacks, provided a day of misery for Liverpool fans that will go down in Premier League history – with City winning the competition after Brendan Rodgers’ men imploded.
Demba Ba says Chelsea didn’t like punishing Liverpool to end their title dreams in 2014
The attacker threw himself into a crucial error by Steven Gerrard to score the opener at Anfield
The moment will forever be known as one of Liverpool’s darkest days in Premier League history
Liverpool would give up a 3-0 lead against Crystal Palace in the next game to give their rivals the crown.
Speaking to Athletic, Ba said the Blues took no pleasure in causing the heartbreak and just enjoyed the three points – admitting they had no idea the game had so much meaning until a few years had passed.
“It was traumatic for them,” he said. “But we didn’t enjoy killing their dream, we just enjoyed winning.”
‘I didn’t realize how important that was until a few years later, when it was still being talked about. They’re still talking about it!’
Ba says Chelsea just enjoyed the three points but didn’t feel guilty about the heartbreak
There were wild scenes on the sidelines as Jose Mouinho performed a trademark celebration
That 2013-14 season was the perfect opportunity for Reds skipper Gerrard to claim his first-ever Premier League crown, but it couldn’t have ended worse for the legendary midfielder as he slid to the grass after what was a simple collection of possession – taking Ba steals the ball from him and races through it to score the first goal.
That moment has been a source of embarrassment to Liverpool fans and of course Gerrard himself ever since, but Ba said he felt no guilt and claimed it was just part of football but praised the player’s performance in the game.
”No not really. because that’s the game,” he added. ‘You make mistakes and others benefit from them. What Steven Gerrard has done for the football world is amazing. But this is life, unfortunately. Not all stories can end in fairy tales.’
Ba, who has now retired after rounding out his playing days in Turkey and Switzerland, recalls then-Chelsea boss Mourinho fired on his troops by urging them to show they were more than just underdogs for the game, which inspired him to produce a top display.
Ba praised Gerrard’s performance in the game, but said his mistake was part of football
“I remember Jose saying, ‘They think we’re a Mickey Mouse team! But we’ll show them!” And we went out fighting. I took on Martin Skrtel and Mama (Mamadou Sakho) and I played an incredible match. I felt just like at Newcastle. This was the game that changed Jose’s view of me, I think.”
Ba played just two seasons at Stamford Bridge, after being a surprise signing to Newcastle in 2012 – playing 51 games and scoring 14 goals in that span – and endured a rare trophyless patch during that time as the Blues struggled shortly after winning. of the Champions League in 2011-12.
The former Senegal international joined the Premier League at West Ham United in 2011, before making the move to Newcastle later that year and making a name for himself at St James’ Park with a great partnership alongside Papiss Cisse.
The 2013-14 season in which he caused such controversy would be his last in the English top flight. After leaving Chelsea, he would sign for Besiktas and later perform for Shanghai Shenhua before returning to Turkey with Istanbul Basaksehir.