Roberto Di Matteo
ROBERTO Di Matteo was a relieved man after Chelsea survived a late onslaught to see off 10-man Benfica and book their place in the Champions League semi-finals.
The Blues appeared to be cruising when Frank Lampard's penalty put them 2-0 ahead on aggregate before the visitors had Maxi Pereira sent-off for a second booking.
But Javi Garcia halved the deficit after the break to ensure a nervy finale before Raul Mereiles struck in stoppage-time to set up a last-four showdown with Barcelona.
And interim boss Di Matteo admits Chelsea made life difficult for themselves after missing a string of chances.
He said: "We expected a difficult game, a hard game, and that proved to be it exactly.
"We probably made it a little bit more difficult for ourselves by not scoring a second goal, especially in that second half with all those chances. That kept them alive and [gave them] hope that they would score a goal and still be in it.
"They moved the ball around very nicely. We didn't quite keep possession enough as we'd have liked to with the extra man.
"I think the team wasn't as sparkling as we were hoping it would be. Maybe they were a bit tired, but we're pleased to have won the game and gone through. We deserved it over the two legs."
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