Chelsea slipper John Terry says his team have rightfully claimed their place in the Champions League final following their 4 – 3 aggregate semi final victory over Liverpool.
On the back of three recent semi-final defeats Terry said “It’s fantastic. I think we’ve fully deserved it over the years.”
Terry was also quick to praise team mate and fellow England international Frank Lampard who played and scored despite the death of his mother last week. “What a character he is” said Terry. “It’s been a terrible week for him and his family.”
Lampard had an excellent game in midfield and his efforts also won praise from Chelsea coach Avram Grant.
“Frank played very well and in my opinion was one of our key players. It is not an easy thing he is under. He gave everything to the team,” he said.
Man of the match Didier Drogba was also on cloud nine after the game. “It is something amazing. We did very well. I am really pleased for the club because we’ve been looking for this final for too long.”
Grant said he was proud to have achieved something predecessor Jose Mourinho had failed to manage by getting the better of Liverpool in the last four of the Champions League.
“There’s only one ‘special one’,” he joked.
“But this was special against Liverpool. They are a fantastic team and Rafa (Benitez) played tactically. You need to be clever against him but we did it.
“We have created history and I am very proud we did it my way. But I don’t like to say ‘I’ because (owner) Roman (Abramovich), he created this club, my staff are excellent, my assistants, everybody.”