Ba hits out at Mourinho: For Jose, the name matters more than statistics

The former Chelsea centre forward, who was offloaded to Besiktas in the summer, suggests that he was not given a fair chance to prove himself at Stamford Bridge
Former Chelsea striker Demba Ba has hit out at Jose Mourinho, claiming that the Blues boss is more concerned with reputation than statistics.

Ba joined Besiktas in the summer after struggling to get regular playing time at Stamford Bridge, with the signing of Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid further blocking his path to the starting XI.

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The Senegalese forward still scored a number of crucial goals during his time with the west London club and has suggested that he was not given a chance to prove himself to Mourinho, often playing second fiddle to the likes of Fernando Torres and Samuel Eto'o.

He said, as quoted by the Daily Mail: "Sometimes when you are at a club with a lot of big stars, the name counts for more than the statistics. Unfortunately, it was like that in my case.

"But I am happy I moved from Newcastle to Chelsea and achieved what I did. I have lots of friends there. Eden Hazard is one of my best friends, I am close to Branislav Ivanovic, too. All my wishes are for them to win the league."

Ba is preparing to face Arsenal in Tuesday's Champions League play-off first leg and the former Newcastle man, who came close to joining the Gunners before Mourinho pulled the plug, can understand why his move to the Gunners did not come off.

He added: "I always said the move to Arsenal was close. I thought the deal was done and I would just go and do the medical but it went another way.

"Jose has said why it didn't happen. He was honest; he just didn't want to give them a striker who could score goals, especially with the arrival of [Mesut] Ozil. Now I am playing Arsenal in such a big match. It's crazy but I've no regret on everything that happened.

"Our team are very young and still learning. We will have a very tough game against Arsenal but we want to go through to the Champions League spot and get the six matches in the group stages.

"The calibre of Chelsea's forward players is a little different but we have a lot of young players who are very quick and very comfortable with the ball. Maybe we can learn from the Arsenal game at Chelsea and cause damage in the same way."

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