Cahill: I was sat watching the game on TV with Terry and praying
06:04 GMT, 25 April 2012
Gary Cahill admitted he and John
Terry went through agony watching Chelsea's sensational Champions League
semi-final triumph over Barcelona after both were forced to witness
most of the game on television.
Cahill was still reeling from the
devastation of leaving the field with a hamstring injury when
he was joined by Terry, who inexplicably got himself sent off in the
Blues' astonishing 2-2 second-leg draw at the Nou Camp.
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Terry's moment of madness – the Chelsea captain kneeing Alexis Sanchez from behind eight minutes before half-time – looked to have been fatal, with Barca having already levelled the tie before going 2-0 up on the night.
But Cahill and Terry then witnessed the 10 men produce one of the most heroic displays in the history of European football to secure a draw and win 3-2 on aggregate.
Cahill said: 'I was devastated that I had no more part to play in the game and, when I looked up and saw JT come through the door, I'll be honest, I probably feared the worst.
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'But the lads were absolutely
outstanding, the way they stuck together and ground out the result. It
was amazing. Phenomenal, absolutely phenomenal.
was about four times more nervous than playing, watching the game, just
in the changing room praying that it would go all right and, luckily,
in the end it did.'
Having seen Lionel Messi smash the
crossbar with a penalty and also hit the post in the second half, Cahill
and Terry's victory jig began when Fernando Torres came off the bench
to score the tie's clinching goal.
'Unbelievable, watching it on the screens,' Cahill said. 'We nearly took the roof off when that went in.'
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Terry will miss the final along with Ramires, Branislav Ivanovic and
Raul Meireles, all of whom picked up bookings that earned them
Cahill was desperate not to join them on the sidelines, saying of his injury: 'I'm hoping it's not as bad as we first thought.
'I just felt a pop in my hamstring.
'But it's high up, which they tell me is probably better than it being right in the middle.
'I just pray the scan's all right.'