‘We had a very tough challenge that we had to face. We had two very good and intensive matches and a big challenge against Porto, with a lot of pressure, with different situations. We arrived in the first leg when everything was open, we arrived in the second leg, we are suddenly the favourites, we have to manage the game, we have to manage the result, we have to manage a lot of influences from outside.
‘I was very proud of how we did this, we did absolutely what needed to be done, we deserved a clean sheet and we deserved to win. We conceded a late goal but this did not affect us.
‘It’s a good moment now to play City and Pep. They are for me, along with Bayern Munich, the benchmark in Europe. If we manage to beat them it will be a huge boost. If not, we’ll have to accept it and take it as a challenge and an opportunity to grow, because we have some fights coming up. It’s not only about the FA Cup here, it’s about the top-four race, it’s about the Champions League too.’
He also credited the spirit among the Chelsea players and the work they put in to compete for a place in starting line-up as helping to give him confidence going into the game, with a return trip to Wembley for the FA Cup final up for grabs.