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The Brazilian defender believes that his side should have secured a better result in the first leg, but he is not writing off the team's chances of success against the Blues

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By Francisco Delgado

Benfica captain Luisao is of the opinion that Chelsea were not worthy of the 1-0 victory in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie at the Estadio da Luz.

A solitary goal from Salomon Kalou late in the game proved the difference between the two clubs in a match in which neither side could stamp their authority on proceedings.

In the post-match press conference, Jorge Jesus stated that Benfica "did not deserve to lose", and Luisao shares the same sentiments as his coach.

"The game in Lisbon left a sour taste in the mouth because Chelsea did not deserve to win and it proved that the team who plays better does not always win," he told Goal.com.

"I do not know if the Chelsea coach reserved players in the first leg, but the truth is that we were the better team and 1-0 was a misleading result after what we saw on the field of play."

The Brazil international then reminded how Benfica were able to finish at the summit of their Champions League group while holding Manchester United to a draw on two occasions.

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"We were able to do things well against United in the group phase of the Champions League and we have to repeat it against the Blues - and I think United are a better team," Luisao noted.

"That is my hope for our comeback. Benfica are proud and we know how to overcome the worst moments.

"Now, in London, this game is a real final and we are going to approach it as such, even with the atmosphere against us."

Benfica head into Wednesday's clash on the back of a 2-1 victory against Sporting de Braga, a result which has seen the Lisbon-based club move up to second in the Portuguese Liga standings, just one point adrift of leaders Porto.

"The win against Braga last weekend has given us morale for the game in London," Luisao said.

"We demonstrated that we can react and we are still fighting for everything.

"I finished the game with some physical problems, but I hope to have recovered for Wednesday.

"I do not want to miss this match for anything in the world."

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