Chelsea striker Didier Drogba feels that the Stamford Bridge side fully deserved to qualify for the Champions League final at the expense of Barcelona.
Drogba was Chelsea’s match-winner in the first leg at Stamford Bridge and was used as an auxiliary left-back at times on a memorable night for Roberto di Matteo’s side, but the Ivorian dismissed suggestions Barca’s domination of possession and chances meant the Blues were not fully deserving.
“In football the most important thing is to win the game. You don't win the game with possession,” he told the club’s official website.
“Of course we defended, but we scored goals as well and I think we deserved to qualify.”
Chelsea were losing 2-0 at one point and were down to ten men after John Terry’s red card, but managed to pull a crucial away goal back through Ramires before sealing their passage to Munich on May 19 when Fernando Torres scored a breakaway goal in injury time.
Drogba was ecstatic at the final whistle and revealed that it was one of the most satisfying moments of his career to date, and predicted a similar feeling among the club’s supporters.
“I think it's going to be one of the best nights I had in my career. I hope there is more to come,” he added.
“It's a great night for the Chelsea fans, they came here and we are happy for them. I can still hear them singing.”
While the euphoria was being felt by many, some players will be ruing the infringements that have cost them a place in the showpiece next month at the Allianz Arena.
Terry’s red card for kneeing Alexis Sanchez off the ball means he will be suspended, along with Branislav Ivanovic, Raul Meireles and Ramires – all for picking up second yellow cards.