Demba Ba has insisted he had no pleasure in watching Steven Gerrard slip over and inadvertently throw Liverpool’s hopes of successful the 2013/14 Premier League title.
Ba was a part of a weakened Chelsea aspect who traveled to Anfield in April 2014, and it was the Senegal striker who struck at a now notorious slip from Gerrard to place his aspect ahead and shoot them to a shock 2-0- victory that each one ended. Liverpool’s hopes for an emotional title win.
‘The Slip’ is some of the talked about moments in league historical past – not helped by the indisputable fact that Gerrard had warned his aspect to not let their lead ‘f ** king slip’ simply every week earlier – however speaking to The Athletic, Ba admitted that he didn’t understand how essential the occasion could be.
“I just understood how big a deal it was a couple of years later, when people were still talking about it,” he stated. “They are still talking about it! It was traumatic for them. But we did not enjoy killing their dream, we simply liked to win.”
That defeat, adopted by an equally implausible 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace every week later, noticed Liverpool hand over their title lead and fall to Manchester City, who lifted the trophy with a two-point benefit.
Asked if he felt sorry for being the one to finish Liverpool’s title leap, he replied: “No, not really. Because that’s the game. You make mistakes and others benefit. What Steven Gerrard has done for the football world is enormous. But this is life, unfortunately. Not all stories can end in fairy tales. ”
Ba also opened up the relationship with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and revealed the unconventional way in which he eventually won the coach.
“Did he give me a laborious time? No, he didn’t,” he said. “He gave me nothing, as a result of I by no means performed! I had no purpose to combat with him – so I got here up with one.”
The striker was left out of match day squad to face West Brom that year, but when he was recalled as a late replacement for injured Fernando Torres, Ba refused to play ball and warned Mourinho that he deserved more respect.
“I say, ‘I’m coming [to the game]”But I have to talk to the boss,” he continued. So we talked and argued outdoors his workplace. Jose stated: ‘You are usually not performing. A participant who doesn’t carry out doesn’t play. ‘But I had ready for this. I confirmed him the statistics: I had performed half a minute of the opposite two however scored greater than half of their targets throughout that point. Jose stated, ‘OK, however that is my resolution. Now let’s go. ‘
“I replied, ‘It’s your decision, but it’s my decision to go home.’ “I went down, previous the bus, jumped within the automotive and drove away. It was me then. I used to be loopy. I missed the sport. But you understand what? From that second on, our relationship actually began to select up pace! Suddenly he performed me so much extra.
“On the day of the Champions League semi-final against Atletico Madrid, he asked me to stay another season. But I was impatient. I wanted to play regularly.”