BA LOOKING FOR READING REPEAT
Demba Ba has already scored twice at the Madejski Stadium this season, and will be hoping to add to that tally when he revisits Reading on Wednesday night.
The striker, signed from Newcastle at the start of the month, scored both his side's goals when the two sides drew back at the end of September. They could not have been more different, the first being one of the goals of the season as he volleyed home after a long pass came from over his shoulder, while the second found its way in off his hand after the striker misjudged a close-range header.
'I remember a lot. The first goal was one of the best I have scored since I have been in England, it was a good volley after a pass from Cheik Tiote, and the second one unfortunately hit my hand before going in, and we got the draw. We didn't have a good game but we managed to go home with one point,' the 27-year-old said.
'Reading were winning twice and we came back. They were a strong opposition with strong forwards in Pogrebnyak and Roberts, and they played some good football too, so we will need to be motivated for this game.'
Ba has been a Chelsea player under four weeks, yet such is the regularity of games coming our way he has already made seven appearances in our colours, with an eighth expected in Berkshire tomorrow night.
'it feels like longer because we have had a lot of games, every three days, so there is not a lot of time to think, or to train, but it's good. That's why we play football, to play games, so I have enjoyed the quick turnaround,' explained the Senegalese.
'It is a great squad with some good players, and I am not settled 100 per cent yet but I am on the way. I spend a lot of time with Eden Hazard, who is one who speaks French, and I knew him a little bit before. I think he is happy for me to be here because his English is not perfect yet.'
How has he found the transition to such a busy schedule after a first half of the season in which he generally appeared once, rather than twice a week?
'Physically it is okay,' he said. 'We play differently from Newcastle because we have the ball a lot, the ball runs more than the players, so you are less tired at the end of the game and you have more energy for the next game.'
Having been a late substitute at Brentford on Sunday, Ba should have plenty in the tank to trouble the Royals' defence on Wednesday night.