Chelsea 1–1 Burnley
A painful week was capped with a costly home draw against relegation strugglers Burnley – with a red card for powerhouse Nemanja Matic looming large over Blues coming Wembley trip.
Matic is likely to miss three matches for violent conduct – the League Cup final against Tottenham and league matches away to West Ham and home to Southampton – after shoving over Ashley Barnes in the second half.
With Jose Mourinho's words about Tuesday night's Paris Metro shame hanging in the air, Chelsea fans showed their intent by parading a banner across the front of The Shed reading: 'Black or white – we're all blue.'
On-pitch, Mourinho drafted in Filipe Luis to play at left back, and reinstated Kurt Zouma in his back four.
The first of those two was crucial early on, when Blues could have taken the lead – his floated cross being headed goalward by Juan Cuadrado – to be tipped over the bar by Tom Heaton.
The 14th minute lead came via a moment of brilliance from Eden Hazard – who tippy-toed around the Burnley defence, before putting across a cross from the right, for Branislav Ivanovic to side-foot in.
Aside from that the story of the half was told to a large extent by Martin Atkinson, the lone ref for whom Mournho often has praise, refusing what looked like two clear penalties.
Firstly Michael Kightly handled in the box – with his arm out at three o'clock; then Diego Costa was pushed down in the box by Jason Shackell.
The second half was more of the same, with Chelsea knocking at the door but not having anywhere near the quality needed to finish off their visitors.
The Matic dismissal came in the 70th minute.
Ashley Barnes went into a 50-50 with the Serbian – the Burnley man studs-up at shin level. The connection was clear, and Matic furious. So much so he raced up to his opponent and shoved him to the ground off the ball.
Never a clearer red – but the circumstances will surely lead to calls for retrospective action against Barnes.
Burnley took the initiative, and 10 minutes later equalised.
With Mourinho considering the introduction of Gary Cahill to defend 1-0, Sean Dyche's side found themselves with a corner – which Ben Mee headed in.
Mourinho immediately changed that plan – sending Cahill back to the bench, and bringing on Didier Drogba.
But to no avail.
The dropping of two points at home was poor – but the loss of Matic, so crucial to this team, will be seen as the major loss here. Especially with that cup final coming.