BA: BEST FEELING

Posted on: Mon 07 Jan 2013

Our latest acquisition, Demba Ba, made it a debut to remember as he netted a goal in each half during our 5-1 FA Cup win against Southampton, and the Senegalese striker was eager to praise his team-mates for ensuring he quickly found his feet at the end of a hectic week which saw him swap the north east for the capital.

After falling behind to a Jay Rodriguez goal, Ba equalised 11 minutes before half-time with a close-range finish, and after Victor Moses and Branislav Ivanovic had put us in control, he scored his second with a clinical strike from an Eden Hazard cross, before Frank Lampard netted a fifth from the penalty spot.

'When you score two goals in your first game it's the best feeling,' said the 27-year-old. 'You can always improve on certain things but I'm happy with my first game.

'When you see the fans and they are happy for you, and your team-mates come and congratulate you it's a good feeling.

'I was just looking forward to putting on the blue shirt and going out on to the pitch and showing what I can do.

'I woke up on Wednesday and prepared myself to play against Everton [for Newcastle United], then I got a text from the manager saying that I needed to go and see him.

'From that moment I knew that everything was fixed. I travelled down to London as quickly as possible to watch the game against QPR, and the next day was my medical, so it was very busy.

'When you know a club like Chelsea want you the decision is easy. With all due respect to Newcastle, because they are a big club with a lot of history, when you come here it's a step forward.

'I didn't want to leave Newcastle in any trouble, but when Chelsea come in for you, it's not the sort of thing that happens every day.'

Ba profited from some excellent link-up play between Hazard and Juan Mata to score his first Chelsea goal, while his second, again, owed a lot to the intelligence of the Belgian.

Mata was once more an instrumental figure, providing two assists before his withdrawal late on, while Moses enjoyed another good game.

With Lampard, Oscar and Marko Marin all coming off the bench in the second half, one thing Ba is unlikely to be starved of in the months ahead is service, as he acknowledged.

'It makes football look easy, I just try to run in behind and create space for the midfielders because I know when they have space they will be dangerous,' explained Ba.

'When you have players like this, that understand football perfectly, you just have to run and the ball will come into your feet, and that's what I tried to do.

'I'm very pleased, I saw it when I played against them, but they are world-class players and when you play with them it's completely different. They create spaces, provide good passes and they are very intelligent in their game.'

While Ba has been brought in to bolster our attacking options following the departure of Daniel Sturridge, his arrival will enable Rafael Benitez to give Fernando Torres, who has been involved in virtually every game this season, a much-needed rest.

Ba, however, who is eligible to play in Wednesday's Capital One Cup semi-final first leg against Swansea City, believes the two can work well together in order to help the team.

'I just want to enjoy my football, it's not about pressure, it's about playing a game I like, and that's what I'm doing,' said the player who has now scored 15 goals this season.

'I'm here to help the group and the team; it's not about taking the position of someone else. I know Fernando is the main man. I've just come, I will learn from people and I will learn from him as well because his history is much bigger than mine.'

Tickets for our league meeting with Southampton at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday 16 January are now on sale to members.