Chelsea on the brink of Champions League last four

the Independent has claimed that Chelsea’s 1-0 away victory over Benfica in the Champions League has brought Roberto Di Matteo’s side to the brink of the semi-finals of the competition and a fixture with either Barcelona or Milan.

The newspaper adds that Di Matteo took a risk in including Salomon Kalou, the Ivory Coast winger who scored the only goal of the game, as well as leaving out Chelsea luminaries Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and Michael Essien.

Di Matteo put his faith in Kalou and Fernando Torres in attack and John Obi Mikel in midfield, while the selection of Paulo Ferreira at right-back also raised eyebrows. But, the Independent reports, Di Matteo’s risk was rewarded with a strong performance from all concerned.

Spanish side Barcelona face Italian giants Milan on Wednesday evening, with the winners of the two-legged tie going on to meet either Chelsea or Benfica. The Premier League side host the second-leg of their match with the Portuguese outfit on April 4.

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