Full-back play has been a point of much contention for Chelsea fans this season. Since Branislav Ivanovic's loss of form, many have been hopeful that José Mourinho would start using César Azpilicueta in his natural position as a right-back with the "unproven" Baba Rahman starting on the left flank and providing proper width to our attack, even.
Following the (failed?) experiment with centre-back Kurt Zouma as right back, Mourinho finally opted for Baba in a difficult match and the former Augsburg player made the most out of his opportunity, even earning compliments from his team-mates following his good showing against Dynamo Kiev:
"They are saying I did well and I should keep it up and improve. I am doing quite good but I think I have to improve my game and we will see what happens."
Baba has been with Chelsea's squad for only two months, coinciding with rough patches on and off the pitch, especially with the media speculating on José Mourinho's job. But the player claims all the talk from tabloids doesn't affect the squad:
"I don't think [the media] has much effect on the players because the manager tells us what to do and everyone believes in the manager and we are doing what he tells us."
The left-back also went out of his way to compliment how the Chelsea squad welcomed him at the club:
"I felt the togetherness the first day I came here and the guys received me very well. As you can see on the pitch when a goal is scored we are together."
Asked about the mood in Chelsea's following their latest victory, Baba claims the squad is full of "good vibes only", and are hoping that their win will also translate into good results in the Premier League:
"Relief and happy and everyone is smiling.
"The game was tight and the win was very good for the team and for the fans and we are all happy.
"We play for the manager and for the club and we just want to fight for the club, and now we are looking to take this form into the Premier League."
-Baba Rahman; source: Chelsea FC
Yesterday, Rahman showed the advantages of having a natural left-footed left-back in our team, putting in a great shift both in attack and in defense in a very important Champions League match. Although Ivanovic is getting closer to full recovery from his hamstring injury, many of us will be hoping that the vice-captain won't be much of a stumbling block in Baba's quest to become Chelsea's starting left-back in the future.