The Sun: Incrediblues
Shaun Custis: So the old guard are finished are they? That Didier Drogba - what a donkey, eh? John Terry? His legs have gone. And, as for Frank Lampard, there has been a space marked 'Reserved' for him for months down at the knacker's yard. Well, that was the theory anyway - and it is one the sacked Andre Villas-Boas had signed up to. But the gang of three were not ready to stand aside this season. There was still far too much fight left in these proud men who refused to be pensioned off.
The Independent: Ivanovic's goal extra special for Chelsea
Sam Wallace: It was the Chelsea of a bygone era, playing as if the last 10 months have never happened. It was an extraordinary night of European football which ended with Roman Abramovich in the dressing room congratulating the same players whose manager he sacked just 11 days earlier.
The Guardian: Terry rallies the Chelsea old guard on night for brave hearts
Richard Williams: Snatching their destiny back from the clutches of extremely dangerous opponents in a match of fluctuating fortunes and nerve-shredding tension, they produced a performance that came close to matching the best of their European nights, particularly in the light of their recent problems. Their achievement was all the sweeter since Napoli had started the match as if it were merely a continuation of the tie's first leg, in which the Italian side had dominated opponents enjoying a far more impressive record in the competition.
The Telegraph: Blues Brothers
Henry Winter: Chelsea are in the quarter-finals of the Champions League and they thoroughly deserve to be. This was a triumph of the spirit. Chelsea kept the blue flag flying, keeping the battered Premier League standard still fluttering in the Champions League, because they kept going against all odds. Even when Napoli started so threateningly, Chelsea rallied, scoring through Didier Drogba and John Terry.
The Times: Old proves beautiful and best as Chelsea rediscover resolve
Matt Dickinson: When Chelsea have needed inspiration during the Roman Abramovich era, they have turned to three players above all. And so it was last night as Didier Drogba, John Terry and Frank Lampard scored the goals that kept Chelsea's dream alive. Combined age 98. Andre Villas-Boas was sacrificed so that Chelsea's old-stagers could be freed to summon old glories and they did not disappoint on a thrilling night even by the standards of drama Stamford Bridge has seen previously in epic, failed odysseys to win this competition.
Daily Express: Return of the true Blues
John Dillon: Somewhere, far away from all the drama, a certain Andre Villas-Boas may have been watching a TV set and wondering what would have happened if he had displayed a lighter touch when he was in charge of them all. After one of the greatest comebacks the European game has known, it now seems clear that this is when Chelsea, with their old guard and their big characters, deliver best.
Daily Star: Bran Slam
Brian Woolnough: This is a club united again and the coolest man on this red-hot occasion was caretaker manager Roberto Di Matteo. He's not going to get the job, but Di Matteo has managed, in three straight wins, to do something Villas-Boas never achieved – to gain the respect of the toughest dressing room in English football.
Daily Mirror: What a difference a Di makes
Oliver Holt: They played as if it was their Alamo, the old men in blue. They knew it might be their last stand, so they fought like gnarled comrades who wanted to go out together and with honour. They stood with their backs against the wall, aware that many were anticipating a gory fate for them at Stamford Bridge. At the end of 90 minutes, the scoresheet showed the names of Didier Drogba, John Terry and Frank Lampard. Same as it ever was.
Daily Mail: Blue Bloods
Martin Samuel: It was Di Matteo, a hero here as a player, now the season’s saviour as manager, who emerged with greatest credit from an incredible night. He has not changed much, not really, but has restored some of the natural order, needlessly under siege from his predecessor. He picks Frank Lampard for the biggest games, Didier Drogba, too, and he is fortunate to have John Terry back and fit again. All three scored, but that was not the point. When he sensed Terry was flagging in extra time, he took him off. It was a brave call, but the right one. The end justified the means. He is no patsy, Di Matteo, nobody’s friend as he says.