October 26, 2021

Jose Mourinho’s “Mickey Mouse team” blast before Steven Gerrard’s infamous Liverpool slip

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Jose Mourinho revved up his Chelsea side against Liverpool on an unforgettable day of Premier League football back in 2014 with a simple phrase.

The man etched into that memory, Demba Ba, has recounted that fateful moment that saw Steven Gerrard slip and throw away the title.

What has been somewhat forgotten, though, was the tactical masterclass that was put on by Mourinho in classic Special One circumstances.

Luis Suarez was in rampant form that season and it looked likely that Brendan Rodgers would end Liverpool’s long wait for a Premier League title.

The Reds were leading Manchester City in the table and just had to keep winning to get themselves over the line.







Liverpool lost to Chelsea in April 2014 to begin their Premier League title collapse



So when Chelsea rocked up at Anfield in 2014, it was up to Mourinho to spoil the party – and he did so by raring his players up in the dressing room.

Ba told The Athletic : “I remember Jose saying: ‘They think we’re a Mickey Mouse team! But we will show them!’ And we went out fighting.

“I was up against Martin Skrtel and Mama (Mamadou Sakho) and I played an unbelievable game. I felt like I did at Newcastle.





“This was the game that changed Jose’s view of me, I think.”

On the stroke of half-time, the critical moment came after a barrage of Liverpool attacks throughout the 45 minutes.

But as Mamadou Sakho passed back to Gerrard, a poor touch gave way to that infamous slip that saw Ba steal in and slot past Simon Mignolet.







Steven Gerrard slipped in possession to hand Demba Ba a clean run on goal



The Blues went on to win 2-0 after Willian scored a tap-in from Fernando Torres’ pass to cut Liverpool’s lead at the top to two points with two games to go.

City would go on to win the title in a spectacular choke from the Reds and many have pointed to Ba’s goal as the catalyst after they relinquished a 3-0 lead against Crystal Palace a week later to all but end their Premier League hopes.

Ba added: “I only realised how big a deal that was a couple of years later, when people still talked about it. They still talk about it! It was traumatic for them.





“But we didn’t enjoy the fact that we killed their dream, we simply enjoyed winning.”

For Gerrard, it was a crushing moment in his career that has loomed over for years since and when asked if he felt bad for the Liverpool legend, Ba said: “No, not really.

“Because that’s the game. You make errors and others take advantage.

“What Steven Gerrard has done for the world of football is tremendous. But this is life, unfortunately. Not all stories can end in fairytales.”


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