'So proud': Demba Ba admits seeing Chelsea star shine vs Madrid was like 'watching my son'

Demba Ba confessed his father-like love for Edouard Mendy following the Chelsea goalkeeper’s brilliant Champions League display last night.

Mendy made some top stops to deny Real Madrid as he helped the Blues cruise into this year’s finale.

He twice denied Karim Benzema in the opening exchanges, before blocking Eden Hazard’s second-half effort.

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Add to that a couple of easy collections from speculative Toni Kroos and Luka Modric strikes, the Chelsea ‘keeper kept his goal under control.

That latest clean sheet means Mendy has conceded just three times in this seasons European campaign.  

Ba, who previously played in a semi-final for the Blues back in 2014, gushed over his Senegalese teammate on social media in the match’s aftermath.

The former Stamford Bridge striker also shared some kind words about Mason Mount and N’Golo Kante.

Mendy, Mount and Kante were just three out of the outstanding team collective that muzzled Madrid on route to the final.

Defensively they were sound, limiting Los Blancos to nothing more than half-chances.

They broke on the Spaniards with speed and should have managed to grab more than the 2-0 scoreline suggested.

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Thomas Tuchel won’t mind so much now his side are safely tucked away in the final.

Manchester City awaits them in Istanbul on the 29th of May, but only after the pair play each other again in the Premier League this weekend.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.