Jose Mourinho sees spirit of Drogba in Chelsea hero

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has taken lofty praise on last night's strike saviour Demba, comparing him to Blues legend Didier Drogba thanks to a combination of clinical finishing and battling spirit in a brave late defensive effort.

Ba found the target with a decisive late strike form close range against Paris Saint Germain, a goal that proved enough for Chelsea to overturn a 3-1 first-leg deficit and qualify for the Champions League semi-finals.

Mourinho has spent much of the last few weeks criticising his misfiring strikers, including Ba and Samuel Eto'o, but on this occasion had nothing but nice things to say about the Senegalese international, who undoubtedly enjoyed the best moment of his short Chelsea career yesterday.

The Blues boss told ITV that Ba's willingness to battle for the ball in a late defensive effort evoked memories of Drogba's efforts in both penalty boxes during his first spell in charge, while also revealing his sprint to the touchline in emotional late celebrations were not without a purpose.

In his post-match interview Mourinho said: "I ran to tell him (Ba) and Nando that in this moment at 2-0, everything changes.

"After (the goal) he was fantastic. Fantastic central defender. He reminded me a bit of Didier in the old times when we needed him (in defence) in the last minutes."

The 28-year-old has largely been a peripheral figure in terms of first-team opportunities since Mourinho took charge at Stamford Bridge, but still has six goals in all competitions.

Ba will hope his tremendous late impact will persuade Mourinho to give him a chance from the start in their fight for trophies on two fronts, which continues this Sunday with a Premier League clash with Swansea City at Liberty Stadium.

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