Chelsea FC advanced to the Champions League semifinals Wednesday night, completing a nervy 2-1 win over Benfica at Stamford Bridge. It was by no means an easy night for the Blues, as Petr Cech was called upon multiple times to bail his defense out. With that said, they did what champions do best: see out the win no matter how lopsided play may be.
They now face perhaps their most daunting task of the season, taking on Spanish giants and Champions League favorites Barcelona. The Catalans will be favorites going into the tie, as their play this season has bordered on perfection and the incredible form of Lionel Messi has been nothing short of historic.
However, the vast majority of fans, who are ruling out any chance the lone remaining English team has of making it to Munich, are being neglectful of the history and strength Chelsea have shown against Barcelona in the past and their opponents this season.
Here are five things we can take away from the Benfica game that tell us about their chances for future advancement.