|Bayern Munich’s Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and Philipp Lahm celebrate a goal, against Manchester United, in the Champions League quarter final, second leg tie, in Munich, on Wednesday. Bayern won 3-1 (aggregate 4-2) to qualify for the semis. In the other quarter final, Atletico Madrid got the better of Barcelona 1-0 (aggregate 2-1) to advance
London: Demba Ba stepped off the bench to rescue Chelsea’s Champions League dream and then took a swipe at manager Jose Mourinho.
“I’m not out for revenge,” said Ba. “Maybe he (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 to have liberated us. I haven’t been given my chance much this season and 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. I’m happy for Chelsea. Eden Hazard kept telling me all day ‘It’s your time tonight, it’s your time tonight.’ I was a bit scared for the Parisians because after the third goal in Paris everyone thought PSG were in the semi-finals.
“Even my younger brothers kept telling me this, and then when Eden went off the PSG fans already thought they were in the semi-finals. When Eden came off we heard them singing ‘We’re in the semi-finals’,” Ba added.
Mourinho sent on Ba ahead of Fernando Torres and the Portuguese said: “I’m happy for him. The fact I played him before Fernando (Torres) made him feel that he doesn’t have the No. 3 striker on his back.
“His enthusiasm was fantastic and he started giving Paris problems. I’m so happy he scored the goal because it means a lot for him and for us.
“The players followed our plan, our ambition. Whether we win or lose, we won’t go home without any energy. We have to be, at the end of the game, either so happy with the result or so happy with ourselves.
“And we were lucky because we have the result we fought for. But, if for some reason we hadn’t scored the second, or if they had scored from the last corner in the last moment to send us out, everybody in this club would still have been proud of the boys.”
Mourinho responded to Ba’s winner by sprinting down the touchline, but he revealed the dash was not in celebration.
“No, it was not to celebrate,” said Mourinho. “It was to tell the players how we had to play the last 10 minutes. I knew at that moment they wanted to celebrate, to think the game is over.”