Man of the Match Demba Ba saves the day for the second time in five days

Michael Steele

1. DEMBA BA - FC 8.2
Minutes played78
Touches27
Passes12/17
Shots2*/5
Aerial duels0/4
Demba Ba week continues at Chelsea FC. Making his first start in four (4!) months and just his fourth overall this season, Ba duly obliged with yet another winning goal, his second in just as many matches. He now has four goals in the Premier League, putting him level with Fernando Torres in less than a third of Fernando's minutes. His seven goals in 654 minutes in all competitions is easily the best ratio on the team. Sure, a couple of them are pure "belief" goals, but belief goals are all of our strikers' specialties.

While Ba did not have much of an impact on the game other than the goal, he deserves the Man of the Match award just for the simple achievement of scoring a Chelsea away goal in the Premier League (our first in almost exactly 4.5 hours).

This is Ba's second Man of the Match award on the season. Though he never quite lived up to the promise of his excellent debut 15 months ago, at least he's finishing out his Chelsea career on a strong note.

2. PETR CECH - GK 8.0
Minutes played90
Touches24
Distribution10/15
Saves4
This one's a bit of a surprise for me as I didn't think Cech had much to do at all in the game, but the official stats show that the Swans actually had more shots on target than Chelsea, so perhaps I was just ignoring things. Big Pete did make a crucial late stop on a tricky hop from a free kick to preserve the health of our hearts and the three points.

Cech has followed up his nightmarish day in Paris with three straight clean sheets. That's not making the Cech-v-Courtois decision any easier...

3. NEMANJA MATIC - MC 8.0
Minutes played90
Touches95
Passes72*/84
Tackles1/2
Aerial duels4/6
Clearances2/2
Interceptions2
Matic rounds out your top three, which is all well and good, but I can't quite believe Mohamed Salah failed to crack the podium. He may have missed on all four of his shots - hitting the post once - but the speedy little sparkplug was looking like our only hope of getting anything out of this game for much of Sunday.

That being said, Matic's assist for Ba was glorious and the big man's two-way game is in a class of its own at Chelsea.

OTHERS:
Azpilicueta (7.2), Terry (7.3), Cahill (7.2), Ivanovic (7.0), Ramires (5.8), Schürrle (6.2), Willian (6.9), Salah (7.3)

SUBS:
Eto'o (6.0), Oscar (7.0), Mikel (6.2)

OVERALL:
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