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Guardiola hails 'special' Barca

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Pep Guardiola has hailed his Barcelona side as "amazing" and "special" after the Catalans cruised into the Champions League semi-finals at the expense of AC Milan.

Two first-half penalties from Lionel Messi set Barca on their way and Andrea Iniesta's late strike ensured a comfortable 3-1 victory at the Nou Camp on Tuesday.

Guardiola and his side now face a semi-final meeting with either Chelsea or Benfica, who meet at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, for a place in May's showpiece final.

"To have reached the semi-final for the fifth time in a row is something special and shows the strength of the club," he said.

"To achieve it for one or two years is excellent but five is really amazing."

Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri was unhappy with the two penalties his side conceded, but Guardiola felt referee Bjorn Kuipers got both decisions right.

"They were two penalties, if you pull someone in the area then that is what happens.

"We deserved to go through and I was very happy with the performance for the way that we were able to control the game especially after the third goal."

Barcelona now await the winners of tonight's Champions League quarter-final second leg clash between Chelsea and Benfica at Stamford Bridge.

The hosts hold a 1-0 advantage from last week's first leg in Lisbon, and are favourites to progress to the last four at the expense of their Portuguese opponents.

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