Adios Barca, Hasta Lugeo!
"Hasta Luego cha cha cha cha cha" is what the Chelsea fans were singing last night after knocking Barcelona out of the champions league. The tied ended 3-3 on aggregate but Chelsea advanced to the final due to the away goals rule. This match was hyped hugely due to the events that occurred in 2008-2009, where Chelsea were furious with the match officials and felt they were cheated out of the champions league final. The second leg in particular was very heated as both Mascherano and Hazard picked up red cards. Hazard will now miss the final.
Mourinho spoke proudly about his teams's display, here's what he said:
What a beautiful night this has been. Many people thought we couldn't beat Madrid, but we did it. You would think they would then tip us to beat Barca, but we were still the underdogs. Tonight we have shut a lot of people up. We had to be tactically smart as we know the attacking threat Barca possess. We caught them on the counter attack each time we scored and so our game plan worked. I'm not concerned about Hazard's red card. He has helped us get here and I don't think it was a red card. We hope Jovetic is available for the final as if he isn't it will be a huge blow to us.
In the first leg, Chelsea dominated completely but failed to win. They even had more possession than the Catalan side. Barcelona picked up a crucial away goal which would have disappointed Chelsea and Jose Mourinho.
The second leg was very heated as two players were sent off and Stevan Jovetic limped off injured. In this leg both teams went all out as they knew what was at stake but in the end it was Chelsea who came out on top thanks to the dubious away goals rule.
Chelsea will now face Bayern Munich at Wembley stadium. Last year Chelsea defeated them in their own country at their own stadium. This year Bayern will be eager to get revenge on Chelsea in their own country, the reverse of last year.