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The Portuguese coach was very critical of the referee in their quarter-final, but suggested afterwards that Di Matteo's side would progress against Pep Guardiola's Spanish giants

Benfica coach Jorge Jesus has dismissed Chelsea's chances of beating Barcelona in the semi-finals of the Champions League following their 2-1 defeat to the English side on Wednesday.

The Portuguese club found themselves on the back foot after 21 minutes following a Frank Lampard penalty, before they were reduced to 10 men with one hour left to play after Maxi Pereira was given his marching orders.

"We have defeated better sides than Chelsea in the Champions League," the 57 year-old told Sport TV

"When you reach the quarter-finals, anything is possible, but Chelsea will have no chance against Barcelona.

"We are the ones who deserved to play against Barca."

The coach was angry with the performance of the referee, stating that his players were forced to compete against him and Chelsea.

"I want to congratulate my players because they played against Chelsea and the referee," he said.

"We were defeated by details which have nothing to do with either club.

"Maxi Pereira's red card and the penalty make no sense. We do not understand how decisions like these are made in the quarter-finals.

"We were clearly damaged by the referee."
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Barcelona are 14/1 with Bet365 to beat Chelsea 3-0 in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.

After Chelsea's 1-0 victory in the first leg of their quarter-final tie at the Estadio da Luz, Jesus had said that Benfica had played better than the Blues, and the Portuguese coach had the exact same opinion about the match at Stamford Bridge.

"We were better than Chelsea in Lisbon and here. We did not lose this game because Chelsea were better, because they were not," Jesus added.

"Even with 10 men, we were always the better team. We always believed we could turn the score around.

"We had little time to score the second goal, but we always believed we could do it. We were surprised in the last minutes because of the risks we needed to take."

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