Benitez believed his side were in control when they handed Chelsea the initiative in extra-time.
The Spaniard said: 'I thought we were very close. We played well in the second half. But the third goal killed it.
'We had control of the game, we had two chances in extra-time and we were in control.
'And we were preventing them from creating.'
Benitez insisted he did not regret his criticism of Drogba, saying: 'I don't think so, when you play a semi-final in the Champions League I don't think you think about anything other than that.'