Rafael Benitez praises Demba Ba, Petr Cech

Benitez praises Ba, Cech
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Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez praises Demba Ba and Petr Cech after the pair guided his side past Manchester United in the FA Cup.

Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez has praised the vital contributions of Demba Ba and Petr Cech in yesterday's 1-0 win over Manchester United.

The Blues booked their place in the FA Cup semi-finals by edging United at Stamford Bridge, courtesy of a volley from Ba.

Late in the match Cech made a crucial save to deny Javier Hernandez from close range and keep Chelsea ahead in the quarter-final replay.

Benitez believes that Ba's goal was the best in his time in charge at the Bridge, and also thinks that Cech's reflex save was vital.

He told The Mirror: "We have scored a lot of goals, but this was one of the best, for sure. Really important, very good technique, very difficult.

"Credit to Petr Cech. It was important. When you have a good keeper, it's healthy. It was a great save and a great goal."

Manchester City now await Chelsea in the last four at Wembley, with the tie to be played on Sunday, April 14.

Chelsea players congratulate Demba Ba after his goal against Man Utd on April 1, 2013
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