Chelsea captain John Terry has apologized for his red card during his side's 2-2 draw against Barcelona but insisted his dismissal must not tarnish the celebrations after the Blues book themselves a place in the Champions League final.
The Chelsea captain was handed a straight red card in the 37th minute after kneeing Alexis Sanchez in the back during a collision, which now means the 31-year-old is suspended for the final in Munich next month.
"Sanchez was darting in behind me at the time. I've seen the replay and it does look bad but I'm not the kind of player to intentionally hurt anyone," Terry told Sky Sports. "I've raised my knee which maybe I shouldn't have done in hindsight. Hopefully the people out there who know me as a player and a person know I'm not that kind of player.
"I feel like I've let my teammates down and I've apologized to them and I want to apologize to the Chelsea fans as well.
Terry went on to say that he won't object the red card as he felt it was a fair decision from the referee.
"No, I don't have any complaints about the red card," he added. "At the time I was bewildered because I was trying to protect myself a little bit but looking at it on the replay it does look like a red card. No complaints having seen the replay. As I've said I've let the lads down but they've performed brilliantly so hopefully this doesn't take anything away from their performance and the way they worked together as a team."
The Blues seemed out of it just before halftime, as goals from Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta either side of Terry's red card looked to have put the tie beyond Roberto Di Matteo's men.
However, Ramires raced on to a fine Frank Lampard through ball to lob Victor Valdes and give Chelsea a glimmer of hope going into the interval.
When Lionel Messi missed a penalty early in the second half it seemed that it might just be Chelsea's day, a suspicion that was confirmed when Fernando Torres scored a breakaway goal in the final minute to seal a dramatic result.
Terry believes the club fully deserves its place in the Champions League final and hailed his side's turnaround in the second half of the season.
"Obviously I'm disappointed but absolutely delighted for the lads to come here and perform they way they did and get that result with 10 men," he continued. "The lads deserve to be there and it is massive and so important for the football club. Three or four months ago no one would have predicted we would be in this position so I am delighted.
"On a personal note of course I am disappointed to miss the final but believe me it is what this football club deserves. We deserve to be in the Champions League final. We have had a bit of luck along the way in this competition so far and long may that continue. The boys were absolutely excellent."
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