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Chelsea: Champions of Europe to Europa League embarassment – three key matches
Chelsea – the 2011/12 Champions League winners – are out of the Champions League. Tail between their legs embarassment for the first London club to win the European title as they become the first club to fall at the group stages following triumph.
We take a look at the three results that prevented Chelsea from progressing to the knock-out stages
Chelsea 2-2 Juventus
Two goals up after just 33 minutes, Chelsea’s European campaign was off to a flyer. Oscar was thrust onto the biggest stage as his two goals reverberated around Stamford Bridge.
But Chelsea couldn’t keep Juventus off the score-sheet. Goals from Arturo Vidal and substitute Fabio Quagliarella. Crash, bang, wallop. The Blues luck had run out. It was the baptism of fire in what would prove to be a tricky group.
Chelsea had only once before let slip a two-goal lead in the Champions League – v Monaco in the 2004 semi-final.
This was uncharted territory for the club that had ridden its luck enroute to victory over Bayern Munich in May.