Chelsea heroics take them to final
Chelsea fans will be talking for years about the miracle of Barcelona. They watched their team draw 2-2 with the world champions in the Nou Camp, and secure their progress through to the Champions League final.
In fact it was a match made up of several miracles. After going two goals down, Chelsea lost their captain John Terry, red-carded for a stupid and vicious foul on Alexis Sanchez. Ramires brought them back into the tie with an exquisite goal and Lionel Messi missed a penalty for Barcelona, before Chelsea defied everything the home side threw at them in the second half. The final miracle was a goal from Fernando Torres to level the match and cap Chelsea’s amazing night.
Interim manager Roberto Di Matteo has taken the team to two finals in his short spell in charge. He was almost speechless after the game. "I'm just delighted for the players, who deserve this moment," he said. "They put so much effort in out there and they deserve to be in the final. We've had a difficult season but we seem to always get something special out when we need to. I think that's part of the DNA of these players. It's quite incredible."
Chelsea will go into the final in Munich with key players suspended; Ramires, the hero of both legs, Raul Meireles, Branislav Ivanovic and of course Terry, who found it difficult to explain his assault on Sanchez. "I've seen the replay and it does look bad. I'm not that type of player to intentionally hurt anyone," Terry argued, although anyone who saw the incident might disagree.