Wednesday, April 25, 2012


Fernando Torres is delighted to have scored the goal that rubber-stamped Chelsea's place in the Champions League final - although the substitute admits he never envisaged such an opportunity would crop up.

The Blues somehow overcame John Terry's first-half sending off at the Nou Camp to progress to the Munich finale at the expense of Barcelona.

Chelsea were penned back for the most part as they looked to achieve progression from the semi-finals and saw it secured when Torres came off the bench to wrap up victory late on.

The Spanish international has an impressive record against Barca, netting seven goals in 10 league appearances for Atletico Madrid, and was delighted - if surprised - to add to his goal haul.

'I was not expecting to have any chances,' he said. 'I was playing almost as a left-back.
'The only chance we could have was on the counter-attack like this.

'One more goal against Barcelona. I have nice memories in this stadium, nice memories against them.
'But this one's more special than any one before because it helped us to go the final.

'I am very happy to be part of the game, to score the goal.

'To be in the Champions League final, obviously, is a dream come true for all the Chelsea players, for all the Chelsea supporters who come here and everyone watching the game at home.

But, while he scored the equalising goal, Torres was quick to highlight Ramires' superb goal in first-half stoppage time as the game-changing moment.

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