Roberto Di Matteo made seven changes to his squad to play Wigan Athletic.
David Luiz played his 50th match for Chelsea while the likes of Lampard, Torres and Terry were out of the starting line up. With a very hectic schedule ahead having to play six matches in 18 days, Chelsea had to win the game to keep their hopes alive for their Champions League qualification spot, on the other hand Wigan desperately needed at least a point to keep themselves out of the relegation zone.
Chelsea did not look very convincing right from the word go but showed shades of their old selves through shots on target by Cahill, Juan Mata and Didier Drogba. Wigan played out of their shells to show why they deserve to still play in the elite league and having dominated the first half it looked very rare that Chelsea would go ahead and win the game in the second half.
The second half was convincing at Stamford bridge, the fans support for Torres grew as they chanted his name through the period he was on the field.
The final four is set.
It's that time of the year when the top four Europeans clubs meet with the goal of hoisting the illustrious Champions League cup.
After the long journey among the 32 teams it boils down to just four clubs, and each of them are prominent: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea, and Bayern Munich.
But this time a round there has been an inclusion which a very few would have predicted.
Chelsea have struggled in the Premier League, but have exceeded expectations by reaching the semi-finals of Champions League. With all the talk of Barcelona being the favorites, Chelsea are not going to simply bow to the favorites -- the Blues have an uphill task, but still have plenty of talent to pressure the Catalans.
In the other semi-final, Real Madrid has set a date with German powerhouse Bayern Munich. The match poses a unique challenge for manager Jose Mourinho. He will have to defeat a club with a different style from his La Liga competition, and then will either face his former club, Chelsea, or nemesis Barcelona, in the final.
Real Madrid sailed past their opponents Apoel in the Champions League quarter finals, in a match that was rather lackluster, while Chelsea defeated Benfica due to some late-match heroics.
In one match where the winner seemed obvious, Real Madrid got off to a slow start and their hopes of an easy victory seemed in doubt. With a scoreless first half, Real Mardid were in the driver's seat but needed to execute on their attack. A late goal from Kaka and two scores from Benzema, all inside the last 13 minutes, put the Champions League semi-finals out of Apoel's reach. The Greek club will need a tremendous showing at Santiago Bernabeu in the second leg to advance.
When Benfica hosted Chelsea, there was plenty of questions heading into the match, and no clear favorite. Chelsea had not won a single away game this season in the Champions League. Meanwhile, a scoreless result would probably be decent outcome for Benfica.
Chelsea found a way to spoil Benfica's plans.
After a nine-man Real Madrid side suffered another La Liga title bump to earn a 1-1 draw against Villarreal, Jose Mourinho's squad let Barcelona right back in the title race.
Indeed, it remains "a two-horse race."
The Catalans have closed the gap, but Real Madrid are still in the driver's seat.
The fact is, no team no matter how big, how rich, or how far their history dates back can simply win forever. It has to stop somewhere.
David beat Goliath and Madrid stand as the Goliath now. It's not as though Real Madrid have an easy schedule the rest of the way. Valencia, Osasuna, and Athletico Madrid could make things difficult for Los Galacticos.
Messi and Co. are capable of a comeback, especially with an April 22 date with Real Madrid at Camp Nou still on the schedule.
Barcelona can certainly lose a game from here on out, but if there is a club that can go on a winning streak it's Pep Guardiola's squad. They will put up a fight like no other team and the title race could be poised for a showdown.