Demba Ba set to start next friendly

Thananuwat Srirasant

In the two matches in Chelsea's preseason tour thus far, Romelu Lukaku has been the starting centre forward while Demba Ba has come in in the second half. I think it's fair to say that the former has been more impressive than the latter -- he's scored two goals, grabbed an assist and generally looked rather dangerous. Jose Mourinho will undoubtedly have seen that too, but he's not taking the gulf in performances at face value:

Even if you try to make a balance and play two good teams, the team that starts the game has more time to warm up and prepare, and starts with a 0-0, so they have better conditions to have a good individual performance.

Source: ChelseaFC.com.

With that in mind, the best way to see what Demba Ba does when given the advantage of playing from the beginning is to have him start a match, and that's exactly what Mourinho will do next time around:

The next match in Jakarta, Demba will start the game. Lukaku started these two and Demba will start in Jakarta.

It seems fair enough. Although I'm not sure preseason statistics mean much of anything, the chance to give Ba a boost -- and maybe some goals -- ahead of Fernando Torres rejoining the squad is pretty welcome. Hopefully he can seize the opportunity to make an impact.

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