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Terry leads Chelsea comeback

Chelsea seem to have rediscovered their team spirit under interim manager Roberto Di Matteo. A passionate and hard-working display at Stamford Bridge was rewarded with a 4-1 extra-time win over Napoli, sending Chelsea into the Champions League quarter-finals.

The senior players who had made Andre Villas-Boas’s job untenable led the comeback. Goals from Didier Drogba, John Terry and Frank Lampard had levelled the tie before Branislav Ivanovic’s dramatic extra-time winner sent Chelsea through.

Terry’s header had given Chelsea a 2-0 lead before Gohkan Inler’s stunning shot restored Napoli's overall advantage. The captain paid tribute to the character shown by the team.

“First and foremost, that's what we're about: that desire, that togetherness and sticking together when it really mattered. We showed what Chelsea are really made of tonight. All we can do as players is stick together and get on with what we do best and that's playing football and winning matches. We are back winning games."

Roberto Di Matteo greeted the win with such manic joy that even some of players looked embarrassed at his emotional response. "I've had some great nights I have to say," Di Matteo said, "but this will probably go down in the club's history, to have come back from a 2-goal deficit in the first leg. You saw the players, how they performed. They showed they care about the team, the club, the supporters. It will give us a big boost going forward."

Di Matteo has won all 3 of his matches in charge and, if he continues the winning streak, may even be a candidate for the permanent manager’s job.

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