Paper Round: Torres makes the front page


Predictably the sports pages are swamped with coverage of the game, but a special mention goes to The Sun which decided the night deserved a cheeky front page.

'Terry sent off, Messi misses pen, Chelsea reach Champions League final….but most incredible of all: TORRES SCORES!' – ran its headline.

Here is how the back page headlines celebrated Chelsea's fantastic night along with snippets from the top football journalists' pieces.


Daily Telegraph: Miracle men

Henry Winter: What a night. What a display of defiance from Chelsea after the dismissal of John Terry for kneeing Alexis Sanchez. To the delight of their fans up in the gods, 10 men went to mow a meadow, and thrillingly, amazingly, they cut mighty Barcelona, the European champions, the team of Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta, down to size.


Guardian: Hail the Incredibles

Daniel Taylor: There are many emotions inspired by Chelsea's arrival in the final but, more than anything, it is sheer wonder. They refused to be cowed after John Terry's red card and deserve their place in Munich on 19 May because of the heroism that went into a night of rare achievement and glory. As triumphs in adversity go, the night they went down to 10 men and knocked out Barcelona on their own ground will take some beating.


The Sun: Can Nou believe it?

Steven Howard: Barcelona enjoyed 83 per cent possession and yet were allowed just six shots on target. It was a repeat of the first leg. What an achievement then and what a glorious Indian summer for Petr Cech, Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba. How best then to describe this extraordinary night in the heart of Catalonia? Rorke’s Drift. The Siege of Mafeking. The Alamo. And now the Miracle of the Nou Camp. That Chelsea, whose season seemed dead and buried not so long ago, are through to the Champions League final against either Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid or Bayern Munich is almost beyond belief.


Daily Mail: No captain, 2-0 down…but only one winner

Martin Samuel: The captain got sent off. The other centre-half lasted 12 minutes. Just about everybody who could not afford to get booked got booked. Jose Bosingwa played centre-half for 64 minutes. In the Nou Camp. Against Lionel Messi and the best team in the world - a team who have now scored 104 goals at home this season. And they have, remember, no permanent manager. Yet somehow, against all the odds, logic, expectation, the formbook, the coaching manuals and every credible assessment of how to run a football club (continuity, long-term planning) or win a football match at the Nou Camp (keep 10 men on the field, don't let Barcelona score two goals before half-time or give away a penalty), Chelsea have made it to the Champions League final.


Daily Mirror: Knees Up – 10-man Chelsea pull off a Nou Camp miracle

Oliver Holt: As he walked towards the tunnel, his face reddening, he must have thought he had cost his team a place in the Champions League final. In the end, John Terry only cost himself. He cost himself the honour of being part of one of the most incredible team performances in Champions League history. He cost himself the chance of being involved in one of the most remarkable feats of defiance football has ever seen. He cost himself a part in Chelsea's momentous draw with Barcelona. Against all odds. Against astonishing odds. He cost himself the privilege of being part of an occasion that somehow matched the 1999 Champions League final here for mind-blowing drama. And, yes, he cost himself the chance for the shot at redemption he has dreamed of ever since he missed that penalty in the shoot-out in the 2008 final in Moscow.


Daily Star: Heroes!

Brian Woolnough: This was still a night to celebrate Chelsea’s heroics – but Terry almost threw it all away. Seven minutes after his dismissal, Barcelona made it 2-0. The skipper no doubt heard the celebrations from the dressing room and should have asked himself: ‘What have I done?’ There was no need for an act which put his side under even more intense pressure. This competition is plaguing him. In Moscow in 2008 he missed the penalty that handed the trophy to Manchester United and says not a day goes by when he doesn’t think of his error. Now he can add this red card to his nightmare.


Daily Express: Magnifico

Tony Banks: They were not supposed to write stories like this any more. Against impossible odds, after having their captain sent off and from two goals down, Chelsea reached the Champions League final – and Fernando Torres scored the goal that clinched their miracle triumph. Playing with 10 men for an incredible 53 minutes, Roberto Di Matteo’s heroes somehow defied the might of Barcelona in what must rank as one of the great English European performances.


The Independent: Hail the heroes

James Lawton: There could be no redeeming of John Terry's betrayal of himself and his team – or at least it seemed so when the faultline in his nature, that almost ineffable tendency to destroy the best of all that he has worked for, cracked open yet again. Yet if the ugly folly of his kneeing in the back of Alexis Sanchez suggested at the moment of execution that it was beyond any perspective but his own apparent instinct for self-destruction, something quite remarkable, even uncanny, happened. Chelsea, quite simply, found such a greatness of will that you could spend a lifetime of watching football without the privilege of anything to compare with it.


The Times: Terry's shame, Chelsea's game

Oliver Kay: Amazing, just amazing. Chelsea did more than reach the Champions League last night. In the most trying of circumstances, against a Barcelona team widely lauded as the best in a generation, they defied logic, somehow standing firm against wave upon wave of attacks, before Fernando Torres scored the most cathartic of goals in stoppage time.

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