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“"We're here because of this kid," Guardiola said. "I have no doubt he's going through a bad moment. That's the sad thing about this sport is that these things exist." For Chelsea, this was the crowning achievement in a remarkable and improbable turnaround led by di Matteo, who has also guided the team into the FA Cup final after manager Andre Villas-Boas was fired in March. Chelsea won the first leg 1-0 at Stamford Bridge last week after Didier Drogba scored with the hosts' only shot on target amid a series of wasted chances by Barcelona. It is Chelsea's first Champions League final since losing to Manchester United in a penalty kicks shootout in 2008, and gives owner Roman Abramovich another chance to finally capture the elusive title in Europe's premier club competition. Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta put Barcelona up 2-0 by the 44th minute as the Spanish club again dominated possession from the start -- owning 73 percent for the game. In between those goals, Terry was given a straight red card for putting his knee into the back of Alexis Sanchez, making a Chelsea rally look even more unlikely. "I feel as I let them down, I've apologized to them," said Terry, who will be suspended from the final alongside another three Chelsea players. "Looking at the replay, it does look like a red card." But just like at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea was very opportunistic once it created a rare counterattack. Ramires ran onto a long through ball from Frank Lampard to send an impressive lob over Victor Valdes to boost the visitors just before halftime. "With 2-0 at halftime we would have believed we could get it, but this 2-1 was a little bit psychologically bad for us," said Guardiola, whose team also lost Gerard Pique in the first half to a concussion. "The penalty we didn't score and they got stronger." Barcelona's inability to convert its possession advantage into goals was symbolized by Messi's rare miss from the penalty spot in the 49th; the Argentina winger is scoreless in seven meetings with Chelsea. Barcelona hasn't been able to beat Chelsea in the last seven meetings, either. Three-time FIFA player of the year Messi, who has 63 goals this season, hasn't scored in his last three games. Torres, who has struggled all season, was sent clear in injury time, went around Valdes to put the ball into an empty net for his eighth goal in 11 games against Barcelona. "We knew this is how we had to play against Barcelona, even if sometimes it's not so attractive," said Torres, who replaced Drogba with 10 minutes left. "We used our strengths well and it worked for us in both games. They had their chances but they didn't finish and Ramires' goal gave us life." Chelsea will be missing Terry, Ramires, Branislav Ivanovic and Raul Meireles for the final.
We knew this is how we had to play against Barcelona, even if sometimes it's not so attractive. We used our strengths well and it worked for us in both games.” -- Fernando Torres