Jose Mourinho did it once again, and did it in style too.
With just three minutes of normal time remaining and with defeat staring at them in the face, Chelsea scored the goal that sealed their place in the semi-finals of the Champions League.
Heading into the second leg of the quarter-final tie, Mourinho claimed that the Blues had a 30% chance of progressing to the last four. Yet, he was defiant and insisted that his side will win and that something magical was going to happen.
And it did. It was not a very pretty magic – Chelsea did not play well and Paris Saint-Germain did not help themselves by being cagey – and it was typified in the way Ba scored the winner. Yet, Chelsea had done it by the skin of their teeth and are still in contention of winning the coveted European trophy.
Back in 2011-12, under Roberto Di Matteo Chelsea had done something similar, going behind 3-1 in the first leg to Napoli in Naples and then winning the second leg and the tie on penalties. That season Chelsea played what many would say ‘ugly football’ but it was them and not everyone’s favourites Bayern Munich who won the Champions League.
Can something similar happen? Chelsea fans certainly believe so and in Mourinho they have a proven winner who has now reached the semi-finals of Europe’s premier club competition five years in a row. This is a Chelsea team devoid of in-form strikers, yet the attacking talent is immense and the side who will face them will have a tough task on their hands.
That team could be Madrid, the only club in Mourinho’s managerial CV where he could termed a ‘failure’. In three years at the Bernabeu the Portuguese fell out with pretty much everyone, including his compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo. He was supposed to win Los Blancos their 10th European Cup, instead he left them with a Copa del Rey and a La Liga trophy.
Now, he could be back in the Spanish capital with a different club, the club whom he genuinely loves and the club who genuinely loves him.
Sergio Ramos is not worried, though. It was largely due to Mourinho that the Spain international established himself as one of the best centre-backs in Europe after making his name as one of the top three right-backs in the world. But, like his teammates Pepe, Iker Casillas and Ronaldo, Ramos eventually fell out with the 51-year-old former Inter Milan tactician.
But is he worried that the man who failed to lead Madrid to the Promised Land would deliver a knockout blow in the semi-finals? Unsurprisingly, the 28-year-old remains defiant, claiming that there is no reason to be scared of Chelsea or any other team in the last four.
"Getting Chelsea would neither work for or against us," the defender told reporters. "To win the Champions League, you have to beat the best teams and Chelsea deserve to be there."
Mourinho was slightly more forthcoming about his take on a potential Chelsea-Madrid tie.
“If we play Madrid, we will enjoy it,” he told reporters.
It would be fair to say that both Madrid and Mourinho will enjoy the tie, but only one side of the divide would come out smiling.