Chelsea beat Tottenham Hotspur this afternoon 4-0, after it had been a very close game in the first half at Stamford Bridge, and the score was 0-0 at half time, with Tottenham having most of the possession in the first half and were the better side.
Demba Ba – scored two opportunist goals this afternoon
But two second half goals in just three minutes turned the game on it’s head, and the first goal was scored by Samuel Eto’o after a mistake by Jan Vertonghen.
It was a typical opportunistic effort from the Cameroon striker, and he went over to the corner flag, bent down and put his hand on his back – signalling he’s an old man.
That was a good light-hearted message to Jose Mourinho, that the Cameroon International can still get the job done, even though the Chelsea manager has said he’s too old, and Samuel turns 33 on Tuesday.
Eto’o showed in this game he’s still a good player, and three minutes after the goal he was supposedly brought down in the penalty box by center-back Younes Kaboul, and a penalty was awarded.
And since the Tottenham player prevented him from taking a clear chance on goal (the defender was the last outfield player) - Kaboul was then sent off.
But the TV replays showed that Kaboul hardly touched Eto’o.
The powers that be in football are going to have to change this rule, because the game as a competition was over right there, and Hazard scored from the penalty spot.
Eto’o was replaced by former Newcastle striker Demba Ba after 76 minutes, and we had thought Ba may have even got the start when the original choice up front – Fernando Torres – injured his groin in the warm-up.
But it was Eto’o who got the nod – even though Samuel had played 90 minutes for Cameroon on Wednesday night.
And as if to give a message to Jose Mourinho that he’s not getting enough playing time in London and can still do a job, Demba managed to score two opportunist goals in the 88th and 89th minutes, as Spurs imploded and made too many mistakes at the back.
That was Demba’s 19th appearance of the season, and he now has three Premier League goals – so he tripled his number of goals this afternoon – in a short 14 minutes.
However, the Senegal striker would have a lot more goals if he had started more games this season.
Demba should be starting every week for a Premier League side, because he proved at both West Ham and Newcastle that he can score goals when given the chance.
At West Ham he scored 7 goals in 13 appearances, and at Newcastle over eighteen months he was excellent, and scored 29 goals in just 58 appearances.
So at his first two English clubs he played 71 times and scored 36 goals – not too bad at all – and a little more than one goal every two appearances.
But since Demba left Newcastle, his career has stalled significantly in London, and we have to think he will leave Chelsea in the summer.
It just so happens that Newcastle need some strikers this summer, and we really hope he comes back to Newcastle, although maybe the chances of that happening are minuscule.
And before Loic Remy decides to leave Newcastle in the summer for pastures anew and a bigger club – maybe he should look and see what’s happened to Demba Ba at Chelsea.
Who knows – we could have Demba Ba and Loic Remy playing up front for Newcastle come September – wouldn’t that be something.