Chelsea are through to the UEFA Champions League Final for a second time in three season. The Blues surprised football spectators just under a week ago when they won 1-0 at Stamford Bridge with Didier Drogba scoring the goal. It was a good defensive performance by the Londoners who also had the help of some very poor finishing from Barca most notably Cesc Fabregas.
The road to Munich was still a long way away from Roberto Di Matteo and his men as they had to go to Camp Nou and try to hold off Barca once again. Many had already written Chelsea off by saying they will be overwhelmed by the Catalans on their huge pitch. Some went as far as saying that Chelsea will have to deploy a 11-0-0 formation in order to secure passage through to Munich.
The match started off as expected with Barca dominating the possession and pushing their counterparts back. Things were made tougher when Gary Cahill had to leave the field injured with twelve minutes on the clock and replaced by Jose Bosingwa.
Barca fans and players were probably licking their lips seeing Jose Bosingwa replacing Cahill, when it comes to going forward the Portuguese is strong but defensively he is poor which was a worrying sign seeing the Blues had to defend.
The Catalans took the lead in the 35 minute through Sergio Busquets, things got troubling for the Blues as captain John Terry was sent off for kneeing Alexis Sanchez in the leg in and off the ball incident. Now with a man advantage Barca capitalized on Terry’s dismissal and extended their lead six minutes later from Andres Iniesta.
After Iniesta’s goal it looked like doom and gloom for the Blues but in first half injury time Ramires broke through on goal after Frank Lampard played him in and the Brazilian chipped the ball over an onrushing Valdes, it was a huge goal for the Brazilian and his club, that goal now meant that Barca needed to score another to restore their one goal aggregate lead.
The second half started in the worst of ways for Chelsea as Barcelona were awarded a penalty for a foul by Didier Drogba in the penalty area. Lionel Messi stepped up to take the spot kick and try to get his first ever goal against the Blues, today was not going to be that day and he little Argentinian missed his shot.
The second half much of the same in the first as Chelsea were forced to camp out in their side of the field and defend for their lives and defend they did. The defending champions were trying and launching wave after wave of attacks but the solid team defense by the Blues kept them from getting that all important goal. In the 80th minute Roberto Di Matteo made his biggest substitute since being in charge of the club when he brought on 50 million dollar man Fernando Torres.
Three minutes of injury time were added and it was time for Torres to show the world how he got to be such an expensive player as a ball was cleared up field by goalkeeper Petr Cech and the striker latched onto it and broke in on goal all by himself as Barca were pressing high up field in hopes of getting a goal but it was Torres who stole the show as he dribbled pass Valdes and calmly kicked the ball into the wide open goal, it was game set and match for the Blues.