Di Matteo relishing Barca challenge
- From the section Football
Interim Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo is "very excited" to play Barcelona in the last four of the Champions League after defeating Benfica 3-1 on aggregate to reach their sixth semi-final in nine years.
Di Matteo says Chelsea were not as "sparkling" as they had hoped to be in the home leg, and made hard work of their opponents, who were reduced to 10-men after Maxi Pereira was sent off for a challenge on Jon Obi Mikel just before half-time.
The Italian also praises the "amazing" support at Stamford Bridge, saying the home fans have a special "connection" with the club.