Chelsea have beaten the mighty Barcelona, over the two legs of the two teams' Champions League semi-final, to progress to the finals of the competition for only the second time in their history. The Blues will now wait for the outcome of the Real Madrid and Bayern Munich game, to be played on Wednesday night, to see who their opponents will be.
The London club exacted revenge for a 2009 injury time defeat to the Catalans, at the same stage of the competition, with a tenacious 2-2 draw, scoring twice on the same ground Manchester United scored in injury time, in the 1999 finals, against Bayern Munich.
Chelsea went into the game with a 1-0 advantage from the first leg and, as expected, were forced to defend manfully for the full 90 minutes. However, despite conceding goals to Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta and losing their first choice centre-back pairing of Gary Cahill and John Terry (to an injury and a straight red) all in the first half, Roberto Di Matteo's men produced one of the finest defensive displays in their history to snuff out Lionel Messi (who twice hit the post and missed a penalty) and Barcelona.
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Meanwhile, in a report on Chelsea's official Web site, goalkeeper Petr Cech and left-back Ashley Cole said they "fought for their lives" throughout the 90 minutes and deserved to go through to the final.
"We fought for 90 minutes in the first game, and after that to go 2-0 down, we did what we could and it's fantastic what we've done," Cech said, "Everybody played 150 per cent for the team, and to be fair we tried to survive, and we survived pretty well!"
"It's hard when you lose both centre-halves against a great team like that, but Branna [Ivanovic] and Bossie [Jose Bosingwa] moved around and were brilliant," Cole added, "At the end of the day we all believed. Not that many people did but we did as a group."
The finals will be held at the Allianz Arena in Munich and, according to another report on the Chelsea site, the club has been given approximately 17,500 tickets. These will be priced at €70, €160, €260 and €370. The club also confirmed they received 200 youth package tickets - for one adult and one junior (aged under 14) priced at €140. The tickets will be in the north side of the stadium. However, the dates of sale have not been announced.