Interim manager Roberto Di Matteo praised his Chelsea players' strength of character after they secured a place in the Champions League final at the expense of Barcelona.

The Blues somehow overcame John Terry's first-half sending off at the Nou Camp to progress to the Munich finale. Chelsea came into the match boasting a 1-0 first-leg lead but went behind to goals from Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta, either side of Terry's sending off for inexplicably kneeing Alexis Sanchez from behind.

However, Ramires clawed a goal back and, after Lionel Messi missed a penalty and hit the post, Fernando Torres came off the bench to wrap up victory late on. And Di Matteo said: "It was an incredible game with all the events that happened. I am very happy and pleased for all the players because they deserved this moment."

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