Demba Ba Talks About Best Friend Yohan Cabaye


It was great to see Demba Ba score that 87th minute winner for Chelsea last night against PSG, and in his after-match comments, Demba Ba had a bit of a go at manager Jose Mourinho, for hardly playing him this season.

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Demba Ba scores 87th minute winner last night

This is what Demba Ba said after the game last night:

“I’m not out for revenge, maybe Mourinho doesn’t have strikers to his liking,  but I know that we have three great strikers and I think that a lot of clubs would like to have them.

“I’m happy. I’m happy to have liberated us. I haven’t been given my chance much this season but here tonight, I’ve taken it. It’s the first time I’ve wished PSG to lose, and it’s me who scores the goal – luckily for Chelsea.

“It all happened so quickly, I saw the ball, and it was in the goal. I just do what I have to do when I get chances.”  “I didn’t have chances this season but tonight I took it.”

“I’m happy for Chelsea but it’s hard to see them lose, especially with one of my best friends, Yohan Cabaye, on the other side.”

It’s good that Demba mentions one of his best friends Yohan Cabaye – after they were team-mates on Tyneside, having both been signed in the summer of 2011.

Demba was born in Sevres, which is community in the southwestern suburbs of Paris, so PSG is his home-town club.

And the Senegal striker has shown that if he is played in the Premier League consistently, as he was at West Ham and Newcastle, he will score goals, and even vital goals, like the one he scored last night.

But at Chelsea,  the best he gets are late substitute appearances, but he’s still got 6 goals in 23 appearances this season, to go with his 6 goals in 22 appearances for the second half of last season, after leaving Newcastle fifteen months ago.

Ba scored a fantastic 29 goals in 58 appearances for the Magpies, in what was his best ever spell in the Premier League.

Loic Remy should take note that top players at Newcastle, who are stars and play in every game don’t necessarily have that when they join top clubs – as Demba Ba and Yohan Cabaye have found out at Chelsea and PSG respectively.

We still expect Loic will now join a top club in the summer – maybe Arsenal or Tottenham in London.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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69 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 9, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #1

    yes one will be a title winner and the other is in a european cup semi final, both of them being paid zillions and both working with proper football coaches.

    and to think they could have stayed with a head butting, no-mark dinosaur on a fraction of the wages and got top 10. what were they thinking!!

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  • Ciaran

    Apr 9, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #2

    Ed catch yourself on for goodness sake! With a headline like that you make it sound like they made the wrong decision to join two of the best club’s in world football and should have stayed with us!

    Cabaye will be a regular for them next season, even if he isn’t, his talents are better served for a club like PSG than they ever were for us.

    As for Ba? Maybe it was the money he left for, or maybe it was the silverware, but he is part of a project, albeit a smaller part. Should we slate players who move to bigger clubs to test themselves as opposed to being big fish in a small pond? – Yes NUFC is a small pond these days.

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  • guvnor

    Apr 9, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #3

    Pardew the loser and his league one football have to be confined to the dustbin of football history.

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  • toon kk

    Apr 9, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #4

    We have no stars at Newcastle, cabaye was sold but spnds time warming a bench and Remy is a very good payer on loan. The rest of our squad are just average players in fact they wouldn’t get on a bench at a top club.

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  • Shot Bru

    Apr 9, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #5

    Haha…you’re on fire Rotonda!! Totally agree with your points of view on the current situation at our club.

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  • guvnor

    Apr 9, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #6

    Even a small pond has some life in it unlike Newcastle United!

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  • Ciaran

    Apr 9, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #7

    I see a load of this bull**** on Facebook where people are posting comments about how funny it is to see players like Ba and Cabaye sit on the benches of other teams while we are so infinitely better off.

    If these people took 2 seconds just to open their eyes and take off their black and white tinted spectacles they would see that these players craved the ambition that this club does not show and some of our fans have the gall to LAUGH at them!?!?

    Staggering, it truly is.

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  • mag

    Apr 9, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #8

    Remy should run away from this place before his career disappears down the tube under the moronic coaching of Pardew and co.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 9, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #9

    if i was french and had the option of being a regular/squad player for PSG, winning league titles, cups and competing in the champions league as well as living in Paris or playing for newcastle where the club dont progress…simple choice.

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  • Generic Commenter

    Apr 9, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #10

    I’d much prefer to sit on a bench for 70 minutes in the Champions League quarters than play for 90 minutes and lose 2-0 against Brighton

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  • mag

    Apr 9, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #11

    They would probably prefer to sit on a park bench in Paris than work for Ashley and the clown!

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  • Average_Contents

    Apr 9, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #12

    Don’t players have to play a certain amount of minutes or games to be able to qualify for a winner’s medal? I’m pretty sure they used to! Has it changed now?

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  • Despite what Pardew says, playing in front of 50,000 doesn’t mean much at all these days. Therefore, like Rotonda says, they made the right choices in terms of achievement and accolades.

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  • mag

    Apr 9, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #14

    Once the fans realise the regime is not interested then in time they will become disinterested and find more productive ways to spend their time and money leading to a dramatic fall in attendances.

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  • toon kk

    Apr 9, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #15

    Im afraid Nufc is dieing a sad death. A lot of people crave a good game never mind a win but we don’t even see a entertaining game these days. Can someone explain what you get out of going SJP? Even if you’re tickets are paid for, everyone boos and leaves early.
    If I had a free ticket I couldn’t sit through a match watchig ateam not even trying.

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  • stuart no9

    Apr 9, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #16

    rotonda @1– they must be a pair of idiots – hahahahaah

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 9, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #17

    I would never choose or accept the bench over playing.

    …but that is different mentality I guess? How many of you have been either close or actually been a pro at any sport?

    And is that how you think?

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  • Patoon

    Apr 9, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #18

    Its my birthday next sat, the 19th of April and ther’s nothing more i’d like 2 do than go and c my beloved toon play Swansea, my wife is even urging me to go, but i just can’t bring myself 2 waste money on flights (from Northern Ireland) and accomodation 2 watch the shite that Pardew serves up every week, now if ther was a mass protest organised i would b straight on that plane, the club is an absolute joke, Charnley being appointed is just another distraction, funny how it has been announced on the back of a terrible run, 2 take the heat off Pardew, our club is going nowhere, i honestly believe that Scumberland hav far more ambition than us and evern if they go down when Poyet gets a pre season and gets his mark on the team they’l b back up and maybe pass us on our way down, so so many good managers out ther that could work with our current squad and make us alot better than wot we are, with a new manager we could spend 20m and could challenge for top 6 or 7, with Pardew we need 2 spend 40 to 50m and he’s stil gonna fail

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  • Patoon

    Apr 9, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #19

    Mike Ashley was a very promising squash player, would u think that to look at him now lol

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 9, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #20

    Patoon…that money would be better spend of charity and less selfish as well 😉

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  • Patoon

    Apr 9, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #21

    jesperfuglsang

    So fcuking frustrating being a Newcastle fan, why couldn’t we just get a rich arab that wants 2 throw money at the club and make us all happy

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 9, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #22

    Patoon…it has not been funny for a while sadly mate 🙁

    …and I am not sure it is going to change anytime soon!

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  • Graeme

    Apr 9, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #23

    Patoon, if MA fancies a game of squash, I would be more than happy to drive the road roller!!!!

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  • jazzyp

    Apr 9, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #24

    Patoon
    Admittedly we have been shocking the last 2 month,Im as p@ssed off as anyone with the way the season is ending in yet another disaster……….But my argument is 2-3 month ago we were challenging for Europe, Above Manure,10 points clear of Southampton and the season wasn’t looking half bad.
    Now everything is going t@ts up your an idiot for going to the games to support your team. What if the toon smash Swansea 3 or 4-0.Would that not be classed as a cracking day out ??

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Apr 9, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #25

    i think we have good individual players.

    but we don’t have the manager to get those good individuals to play together in a proper system.

    we just have a very very poor mediocre manager in pardew.

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  • Oldgit1

    Apr 9, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #26

    @ Jesper didn’t the current owners of man city want to buy us and Ashley refused, he really is a Pratt, hope I’m on guard at the gates of heaven when he passes away. Oh the joy of sending him to hell , better still if you believe in reincarnation send him down as a mackem.

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  • Oldgit1

    Apr 9, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #27

    Pardews bitch

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 9, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #28

    Oldgit…there were some rumors about that back then, but I am not sure whether it is true or not ?

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Apr 9, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #29

    jesper

    yeh but one day you will look back it all and laugh even rotonda might as well haha

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 9, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #30

    Wolfs…but until then? 😉

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Apr 9, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #31

    even ashley must realise things have to change so come the summer he has a simple choice over pardew back him or sack doing nothing will affect his long term money making scheme getting relegated means back to square one

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  • stuart no9

    Apr 9, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #32

    jazzy , we have never been challenging for europe, coz we dont want it . they have even said that , so why would we challenge for it . We have went on a run and won a few games , every club does sometime in the season , its the end of the season thats important not where we were in november or whatever . we are now playing relagation football, fact , look at the points to games ratio , that will tell you .

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  • Average_Contents

    Apr 9, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #33

    Wolfshead

    The problem is there isn’t anyone at the club to tell fatty what an awful job pardspew is doing so as far as he is concerned puppet is hitting his target of top 10 so what’s to worry about! Even if someone did tell him what’s fundamentally wrong with having a dinosaur running the first team, he likes the egotistical, deluded liar for towing the party line and not rocking the boat!

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  • Average_Contents

    Apr 9, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #34

    Oh and obviously for being a puppet 😉

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  • toon kk

    Apr 9, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #35

    We wouldn’t cope in league one at the moment. We certainly arnt even playing championship level football. The wheels have well and truly come off but still 50000 pile in SJP to watch sh.t you can’t really blame Mash its a business but the fans should know better than been prepared to turn up. Everyone is feeding a problem . So them that go shouldn’t complain.

    I’ve won’t renew my season ticket until I see some ambition.

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  • Mr Toon82

    Apr 9, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #36

    Hi everyone.
    Can’t believe some of the doom and gloom coming from some of you. Up to until xmas we was having a great season. Then we lost our best player and its all gone a bit wrong but we are safe this season. So lets look forward to next season and hopefully a good transfer window

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 9, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #37

    Does anybody know what the difference is in prize money finishing 7th instead of let say 10th?

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  • jazzyp

    Apr 9, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #38

    Stuartno9
    Were we not above Manure and comfortably above Southampton a few month ago as I stated then mate ??
    did I openly admit we were shocking at present and that everything had gone T@ts up.
    Are you trying to tell me that the players are told to lose games so we wont qualify for a European competition ??

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  • yo-yo

    Apr 9, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #39

    Ruddy

    Paraphrasing what you’ve said above…

    It is a tragedy that NUFC is not attractive enough a club to retain the services of top players like Cabaye and Ba. To make us a place these players would like to make their careers we have to have ambition and build a side that gels on and off the pitch. We want our best players to be united with the club in seeking great performances on the pitch, consistently, by showing the drive and commitment to reach CL standard every season, and win tournaments as well as be able to match the best four teams in England.

    Hope I’ve got your sentiments about right there 🙂

    IMO the best way NUFC could become profitable is through increased investment in the playing side and in our youth. We do not need to break the bank with huge wages but we do need to prove that a player can win something with the Toon. We also need to have a squad systmen which can bring young playes through to the first 11 without putting them under too much pressure. Set them up to succeed not fail.

    The biggest demotivator is knowing it doesn’t really matter, that your bosses don’t care what your performances are like, and that you will be sold to an ambitious side as soon as you show promise and deliver some solid form on the pitch – and increase your trading value. I don’t care what the business model is – it is failing because our player assets are grown only to be traded and not to be an integral part of a good team. The business psychology behind Mash’s Newcastle Direct is hopelessly flawed and will not even provide him with as good a return on his investment as he could achieve. YOu don’t make a fiver year profit of £45m on player trading if you are seriously investing in impriving the side. We are very lucky to be where we are given the quality of the coaching as well as the shortcomings of playing side

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  • yo-yo

    Apr 9, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #40

    jesper

    I think its about £0.75m per place so £2.25m for 3 places lower.

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