Redknapp: Chelsea are 'ultimate grinders', not Arsenal

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Two of the nation's top teams left it late to win, but Chelsea are the ultimate grinders, says former Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool midfielder.

"They are the ultimate grinders," appraised Jamie Redknapp of Jose Mourinho's Chelsea, a team who, via Demba Ba in the 68th minute and then through careful tactical changes, secured a seemingly unlikely victory at Swansea City as one of their eventual 26 shots on goal finally crossed the goal-mouth.

"That's not meant to be disrespectful - it's just what they do brilliantly," added Redknapp, to Sky Sports.

Mourinho had made two substitutions on the 45th minute mark, as Oscar replaced Ramires and Samuel Eto'o came on for Andre Schurrle, however, with the one goal advantage, the Portuguese elected for prudency rather than for adventure and so Ba was brought off for John Obi Mikel.

"Mourinho brought John Obi Mikel on when other managers, instead of bringing on a defensive midfielder, may have brought on another attacker. But that's just the mind-set of [Mourinho]."

Chelsea's 1-0 win came one day after Arsenal ground out their own unlikely triumph.

The Gunners took on Wigan Athletic at Wembley Stadium in the FA Cup semifinal and failed to rise to the big occasion for much of the match, even going 1-0 down after Jordi Gomez converted a 63rd minute spot kick.

Arsene Wenger's team were flat, yet managed to restore parity through Per Mertesacker seven minutes before full-time, forcing 30 minutes of additional play prior to a penalty shoot-out, which they won 4-2 to scrape their way past the Latics and into the final.

"Chelsea have the ability to grind out results. They defend well, they keep clean sheets and they have pace," concluded Redknapp on the ultimate grinders. "Mourinho has questioned his forwards all season but Demba Ba has come up trumps for him this week with big, big goals."

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