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Beaten Blue says Nerazzurri deserved to win...

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has praised Inter's performance after they claimed a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.

Samuel Eto'o was the hero for the Serie A giants in London, grabbing the only goal of the game to give his side a 3-1 aggregate victory.

Drogba, meanwhile, was the villain for the Blues, his frustrating evening ending in a red card after a tangle with Thiago Motta late in the day.

However, the Ivorian star was gracious in defeat, admitting that the Nerazzurri were good value for their result and have what it takes to press on in the competition.

"I think that Inter made a great match and they deserved to win," Drogba said after the game.

"Probably, we missed the chance in the first match in Milan, in which we had many opportunities but we failed to score more.

"Tonight Inter were better. I think that now they can go very far in the competition."

Drogba also hinted at dissatisfaction with referee Wolfgang Stark having been denied a penalty in the first half when Walter Samuel wrestled him to the ground at a corner kick.

Asked by journalists if a spot-kick should have been awarded, Drogba said: "I'm happy that at least you saw it."

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