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Demba Ba and Yohan Cabaye – Battle Of The Bench Warmers

8 years ago

Demba Ba and Yohan Cabaye met last night in the battle of the bench warmers.

Probably like most of you, it was easy to know who I wanted to win (or should that be who I least wanted to get beat?) as supporting English clubs in Europe is just a bizarre concept for me.

Wanting our ‘rivals’ to get even bigger and stronger is just plain daft, so unless it is the likes of Swansea or a Norwich punching above their weight then it always going to be a case of supporting the opposition.

While both players agitated to be away from Newcastle, Demba Ba was the more persistent of the two, plus in any case I can’t really blame any player for looking at Newcastle under Ashley as a hopeless case.

Anyway, both Ba and Cabaye adopted their usual positions on the bench as Chelsea pulled a goal back to leave the tie precariously balanced against PSG.

A Chelsea goal would send them through on away goals, while the status quo or another PSG goal would send the Parisian club through.

Cabaye was the better of the two when they came on as second half substitutes and as the commentator said, Yohan produced the pass of the night as he sent a beautiful ball into the path of Cavani who sadly lifted it over.

Demba Ba may not have been as involved, but it was his late poacher’s goal that sent Chelsea through into the semi-finals, and you are left watching on TV thinking that this is just another world to the stupidity we are witnessing both on and off the pitch at St.James’ Park.

Ba will now be wondering if he’ll taste any more Champions or Premier League action from the bench while Cabaye will now just have to make do with domestic medals this season – thanks to cameos from the bench.

As for Newcastle we wonder where our next goal and/pr point is coming from – funny old game.


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