A gripping Champions League night in West London was decided by a forgotten striker coming to Chelsea's rescue with three minutes left of normal time.
Demba Ba was surprisingly brought on in the 66th minute, before club-record signing Fernando Torres, and his sixth goal of the season put Jose Mourinho's side ahead on away goals.
The 2012 winners held on and while everyone associated with Chelsea was elated after reaching the semi-final, Ba hinted their strikers would be better off elsewhere.
"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 them," the Senegalese international said.
Newcastle's former footballing hero has started just four games this season, coming on 22 times from the bench. Ba was not initially accustomed to being a substitute after 18 months of regular football on Tyneside.
His future has been uncertain during the past two transfer windows, as his employers have been heavily linked with paying close to the £50m fee they spent on Torres for another striker.
This pair are inevitably going to leave in the near future, but they could have a big impact in helping the Blues win their third European trophy in as many seasons.
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