Failing to qualify for the knockout stages, from the group stages, with ten points on the board is hard to accept.
Something similar happened to Manchester City last season although that doesn`t make our fate any easier to accept.
You could look back and try and work out where our defence of the fabulous trophy went so wrong, but perhaps, it`s better to look to the future and ensuring we qualify for the Champions League next season.
Following the game, Petr Cech, captaining the side in the absence of John Terry and frank Lampard, took time out to have a brief reflection on where it probably all went wrong, remarking to the media,
"The damage had been done before."
"The main difference was the draw with Juventus at home because we were 2-0 up."
On reflection, it probably was, but then again you could point towards that poor night in Turin, the loss of key players or even a team that is in transition and far from the finished article.
19th May 2012 seems a long time ago now but it`s worth reflecting that, last night, only 5 of the side that triumphed on that memorable night were on the field of play last night.
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