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Yohan Cabaye Gutted By Former Team Mate

7:28 am, Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 3 Comments

There was drama in the Champions League last night at Stamford Bridge, when Chelsea came back to win the second leg quarter-final tie against PSG 2-0, after losing the first leg 3-1 in Paris last week, and Jose Mourinho’s team dramatically went through to the semi-finals of the Champions League.

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Demba Ba’s on the bottom there somewhere

And is was two former Newcastle players – Demba Ba and Yohan Cabaye – who were introduced as substitutes in the second half, and it was Ba who got the dramatic late winner, scoring in the 87th minute and maintaining Jose Mourinho’s record of never having lost a quarter-final in the Champions League.

Ba and Cabaye joined Newcastle in the summer of 2011, and helped Newcastle go on to finish 5th in the Premier League in the next season, and we may have done even better if we hadn’t lost three of our last four games.

Demba Ba lasted eighteen months before he joined Chelsea fifteen months ago, and Yohan lasted a year longer when he joined PSG in January.

But neither player is a starter at their new clubs, and that was the case last night too.

Chelsea lost their best player den Hazard after 18 minutes with injury, and German Andre Schürrle  came on and got a goal back for Chelsea after 32 minutes,

But in the second half Chelsea hit the post twice but couldn’t get that vital second goal, and Yohan Cabaye was brought on by PSG manager Laurent Blanc after 55 minutes, to steady the PSG midfield.

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Demba Ba after scoring

Demba Ba was brought on after 66 minutes for Frank Lampard, and with time running out and just three minutes of the game to go, Demba Ba scored Chelsea’s important second goal – and off went Jose Mourinho racing down the touchline in celebration.

Before last night only two sides had overturned two goal deficits in a similar Champions League tie – Barcelona overcoming Chelsea in 2000, and Chelsea themselves beating Napoli two years ago – and Chelsea have now done it for a second time.

PSG and Yohan Cabaye had hoped that Paris club could become the second French club ever to win the Champions League (European Cup), after Marseilles had achieved that back in 1993 when they beat Milan 1-0.

Maybe PSG need to spend a bit more money to achieve that?

But last night it wasn’t to be, and it was Demba Ba who sensationally got the crucial late goal and Cabaye was gutted by his former Newcastle team-mate.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Demba Ba · European Champions League · European Competition · Newcastle News · Yohan Cabaye



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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ben3arfa // Apr 9, 2014 at 7:57 AM

    RIP Ultimate Warrior

  • 2 cyprus // Apr 9, 2014 at 8:01 AM

    Ed,
    On transfers, the first and main one must be the manager. Unfortunately, he hasn’t brought out the best in what he has, in three years. So, conclusion, same will (may?) happen to new signings.

    BTW, when players come from bigger – higher profile teams to ours they tend to underperform. e.g. Kluivert, Owen, Man U rejects etc. So, Richards, Cardoso et al would not be a good idea. We (as Napoli too for ex.) need to ‘catch’ them on the way up, not the opposite.

    On last night’s game, interesting how Mourinho changed to direct (otherwise known as hoof ball) football when Ba was sent on. Hats off, you change a system during the game; you play to the team’s current strengths.

    Congrats Ba. Cabs, you flunked there last night, personally and as a team.

  • 3 cam_toon // Apr 9, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    I guess Cabs was right to leave. We just couldn’t offer him the 10 min of champions league that he needed to make the France squad. I’m just glad, in a World Cup year, that Cabs was able to show all of France that he can cut it in the CL. Another career ruined. Oh and as for Ba. I hadn’t realised he was still alive?

    Man I wish I got paid to sit on my arse!




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