Chelsea 4 Napoli 1

Chelsea overcome the odds and make it to the Champions League quarter-finals.

Paul Tamburroby Paul Tamburro

Chelsea overcame tremendous odds last night (March 14) and defeated Napoli, making it through to the Champions League quarter-finals in the process.

Chelsea were 1-3 down on aggregate before the whistle was blown in front of a pessimistic Stamford Bridge crowd, but after Drogba scored a perfect header in the 28th minute the stadium erupted and became even louder when John Terry scored in the 47th minute to make it 2-0. 

The Chelsea fans were quietened when an outstanding finish from Inler made it it 2-1, once again putting them behind on aggregate. However, a handball by Andrea Dossena in the 75th minute rewarded Chelsea with a late penalty. Lampard stepped up and managed to reach the back of the net despite the overwhelming pressure, improving Chelsea's lead by 3-1 and equalising on aggregate.

As injury time began Chelsea looked determined and ambitious, with the game finally ending after Ivanovich, a right-back for all intents and purposes, confidently made his way into the box and closed the score at 4-1, putting Chelsea ahead on aggregate by 5-4 and successfully sending them to the Champions League quarter-finals.

Following the match club captain John Terry said that it was the return of the "real Chelsea". "This is one of the very best nights for us, and we showed what Chelsea are all about," he said. "We were solid and resilient and fought until the very end. We’ve proved we’re a team tonight. Players came in and we stuck together when it mattered.

"We called it on before the game and put in a great display. We were really solid and resilient and had the firepower going forward. We fought to the end. All we can do as players is stick together and win matches."

The win against Napoli marks their third victory since being managed by Roberto Di Matteo, the club's former assistant coach who has been temporarily promoted until club owner Roman Abramovich finds a full-time replacement for former manager Andre Villas-Boas, who was sacked from his position following a series of losses.

Speaking of the victory Di Matteo said: "I've had some great nights in football but this will go down in the club's history. The players showed everyone how much they care about this club. Some of them couldn't even run at the end but they just kept fighting.

"To still be able to play in the Champions League means such a lot to this club. What happens with my position is not important at the moment."

This victory could eventually lead to the club facing Real Madrid, now managed by former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who said that he would "love to face [Chelsea] in the final."

"People can't understand how much I love Chelsea, how much I love the boys," he added. "They've had a hard time but happiness is coming."