Ba concedes title defeat

by Michelle Fortune , 08 January 2013

Demba Ba is under no illusions as to the size of the task facing Chelsea if they are to have any hope of ending this season as Premier League champions.

Chelsea have a game in hand on leaders Manchester United but they are already 14 points behind the Old Trafford outfit and face an uphill battle to close the gap.

While the Premier League title may not be a realistic target for the Blues, they are still involved in the Capital One League Cup, FA Cup and Europa League and Ba believes they should target the cup competitions.

"It's going to be complicated for us to catch Manchester United on the line in the Premier League, but we're still in three cups, and we're going to try and win as many trophies as possible," Ba told L'Equipe.

Ba joined Chelsea on a three-and-a-half year deal last week after the Blues triggered a £7 million release clause in his Chelsea contract.

He made his debut in Saturday's FA Cup third round win over Southampton, scoring twice, and he was delighted with how things went.

"Even if I'm not entirely familiar with everything, my first game with Chelsea went really well. Of course, it's easier with world-class team-mates," he added.

"The negotiations [over his move] weren't complicated as the press had said. On the contrary, they were rather simple and quick. Going from Newcastle to Chelsea, I've clearly taken a step up."

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