Monaco boss Didier Deschamps said his players are close to realising a dream following their 3-1 win over Chelsea in the Champions League semi-final first leg.

Monaco prevailed despite having defender Andreas Zikos sent-off early in the second half. Despite losing a player, Monaco took charge after the dismissal, with Morientes and substitute Shabani Nonda scoring.

“We are one step away from the dream,” admitted Deschamps.

“It’s a super result and we will go to Stamford Bridge with lots of hope.

“My players always carry an attacking threat and even with 10 men I was confident we could defend.

“I think all of my players show up in the big matches.”

“I am very proud of the effort of my players,” added Deschamps.

“Luckily Zikos’ sending off didn’t cost us dear. My team responded exceptionally well.”

“Morientes knows what the Champions League is all about. He goes way beyond his duty and is an example for others to look up to.

“To be even one goal in front after the first leg is good, we’ve got two.”