Bobby hits back at critics
Roberto Di Matteo says Chelsea proved the critics wrong but insists there is still work to do despite beating Barcelona 1-0.
The Blues were written off going into the Champions League double header but a goal by Didier Drogba wrapped up the victory and put Di Matteo's men in a strong position going into the second leg at the Camp Nou.
It had also been suggested that the Chelsea side was too old to compete with Barcelona, especially after a tough game against Tottenham in the FA Cup semi-final just days before.
It is a theory that has now been blown out of the water according to the Italian.
"In the past, a lot of people have had the opinion that our boys were over the line and too old to play at this level," Di Matteo said after the game.
"It was not just Didier, but a lot of players in our squad, that they said couldn't play two games in such a short period of time. They gave their answer on the pitch."
Despite the win Di Matteo is not getting carried away and says they have to stay focused ahead of Tuesday's return leg in Spain.
"The semi-final on Sunday was going to be our biggest test, then tonight, now next week," he added. "We are facing a lot of tests at the moment.
"I am very pleased with this result but it is only half-time. Nothing has been decided yet and we need to play another game like this one if we are going to get through."