Zenit St Petersburg boss Sergei Semak has admitted Chelsea deserved the 1-0 victory over Zenit on Tuesday night.
He told Match TV: “We were very good in the first half but allowed Chelsea more than we should have after the interval. It’s a shame. We needed just a little bit more luck to take something from here.
“It is still a fair result. Chelsea were the better team and deserved to win. But overall we had a good game, especially defensively.
“It was a tough game for us, Chelsea had more of the ball and used it better.
“Nevertheless the final scoreline could have been different. We had a great chance at the end and didn’t take it. Now we’ll prepare for our next game.”