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Torres: It's a dream for all of us

The Northern Echo: Fernando Torres Fernando Torres

Fernando Torres is delighted to have scored the goal that rubber-stamped Chelsea's place in the Champions League final - although the substitute admits he never envisaged such an opportunity would crop up.

The Blues somehow overcame John Terry's first-half sending off at the Nou Camp on Tuesday night to progress to the Munich finale at the expense of Barcelona. Chelsea were penned back for the most part as they looked to achieve progression from the semi-finals and saw it secured when Torres came off the bench to wrap up victory late on.

"I was not expecting to have any chances," he said. "I was playing almost as a left-back. The only chance we could have was on the counter-attack like this."

The Spanish international has an impressive record against Barca, netting seven goals in 10 league appearances for Atletico Madrid, and was delighted to add to his goal haul.

"One more goal against Barcelona. I have nice memories in this stadium, nice memories against them," he said.

"But this one's more special than any one before because it helped us to go the final.

"I am very happy to be part of the game, to score the goal.

"To be in the Champions League final, obviously, is a dream come true for all the Chelsea players, for all the Chelsea supporters who come here and everyone watching the game at home.

"It's the second Champions League final for Chelsea. Everyone knows what happened in the past with the penalty shoot-out.

"So, I think Chelsea deserved a second chance and we have the chance now."

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