Date: 19th April 2013 at 2:00pm
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BADemba Ba believes that both he and Fernando Torres could form a successful partnership if interim manager Rafael Benitez called upon them to form one.

It has been something that has been spoken about as a possibility even though we have rarely seen it but the duo did have an impact when Torres was brought on to support Ba against Manchester City during the FA Cup final at Wembley.

The only other time the two have been given a similar opportunity was against Brentford when they linked up before Torres stuck the ball in the top corner back in January.

Ba spoke about a potential partnership:

“When he came on the pitch against City he helped me a lot.

“We caused them problems so I think we could play together.

“We combined against Brentford earlier in the competition, too, so I don’t believe it would be a problem for us. Most of the time we have to fight against the two central defenders on our own. If you have an extra body there, it makes it easier.

“That’s exactly what happened on Sunday. It’s good, but when we play with just one we have an extra ­midfield player so we can control the game more.

“This is also very important in football, to be able to control the game. I would understand if Fernando wants to start against Liverpool. We’re not making the decision but I would understand if he does.”

(Evening Standard)

They were both on the pitch together again towards the end of the game against Fulham, even though the game was already won and they didn’t make much impact, but it may be a sign that it is something that Benitez has been working on in training. Perhaps it is a Plan B if things get a little desperate, like being 2-0 down in a cup semi and we were relatively fortunate not to force extra-time in that game.

I don’t think we will ever be starting any games with two up top though as the 4-2-3-1 formation gets the best out of our best players Juan Mata and Eden Hazard, whilst there aren’t many top clubs that successfully play two centre forwards with much success these days, it would be purely used for the purposes of impact in my opinion. Also, you don’t start messing around with formations in April.

Source: Evening Standard

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