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Chelsea's Ivanovic philosophical over being a Champions League final no-show

Branislav Ivanovic is still coming to terms with the booking which ruled him out of Chelsea's Champion League final against Bayern Munich. Ivanovic had been unaware he was walking a disciplinary tightrope going into Tuesday night's semi-final second leg at Barcelona.

"The Champions League and football is like life," said Ivanovic.

"You cannot look back. You have to look forward.

"I think we have great players and a good squad. That's why we are in the final and we have to play like a group, and we have to believe.

"Not a lot of guys believe in us, but we believe."

Confirming he had no idea he had been one yellow card away from suspension, the defender said of the referee's decision to punish him: "I didn't expect him to book me for that and I didn't know I was in the danger zone."

He added: "I feel happy because the team goes to the final.

"We deserved it at the end of the day, with some luck.

"With a little bit of luck, we did some great defending."

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