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We never stopped believing, says Terry

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Chelsea captain John Terry hailed the team's character after they pulled off a superb comeback against Paris Saint-Germain to book their place in the Champions League semi-finals.

Strikes from substitutes Andre Schurrle and Demba Ba steered Jose Mourinho's side, 3-1 down in the quarter-final from the first leg in France, to the 2-0 home victory sufficient to send them through on away goals, with the tie finishing 3-3 on aggregate.

Mourinho: We deserved to go through

Jose Mourinho wasn't celebrating © PA Photos
  • Jose Mourinho hailed his Chelsea players after their epic fightback against Paris Saint-Germain. The Blues boss believed his side deserved to go through and that PSG "were a contradiction of what they said they would do."
  • But what was he doing running down the touchline after Demba Ba's dramatic late goal?
  • Read Mourinho's reaction here

With only three minutes of normal time remaining, Ba's close-range effort bundled over the line to raise the roof at an otherwise nervy Stamford Bridge and send Mourinho runningdown the touchline. Terry, though, never thought the game would slip out of their hands.

"I think everyone probably doubted that we would do it," Terry told ITV. "But I think we showed great character, great desire and will to fight no matter what, and it paid off.

"I thought at 1-0 we always had a chance. We worked a lot all week on scenarios. 1-0, 2-0, 3-1, what would we do if Demba came on.

"We planned to hit the big man and he has scored a great goal. For every scenario, we had a game plan and once again we got it right. This competition means a lot to us.

"The manager has been very successful and in terms of the club, we have experienced it once [winning the Champions League, in 2012] and had disappointments over the years as well.

"It keeps you fighting and keeps you believing as well. That one time winning it - believe me, it is the best feeling ever. And nights like tonight, when big players have put in big performances, that is what we live for."

Regarding his goal, striker Ba said: "It happened so quickly. I was on the floor, just looked at the goal and I saw the ball was in the net. It was a big joy for everyone. I just do what I have to do when I get chances. I haven't had many this season but it's okay."

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