Chelsea FC vs. Benfica: 8 Lessons Learned

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Chelsea FC vs. Benfica: 8 Lessons Learned
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Thanks in large part to Fernando Torres' extreme selflessness, Chelsea walked away with a hard-fought 1-0 victory in the first leg of the quarterfinals of the Champions League. 

Benfica will travel to Stamford Bridge for the return leg and will have a mountain to climb due as playing at the Bridge is tough. The one-goal deficit doesn't render things any easier for the Portuguese club. 

The first leg showed a defensively resolute Chelsea that relied on efficient tactics, quick link-up play and counter-attacking football. It was not the greatest of matches by any means, but such a victory is crucial to a team whose morale has been down for a while now. 

Here are eight things we learned from the first leg. 

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