CHELSEA'S Special One came back to haunt them, as they crashed out of the Champions League at the hands of Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan.
A largely uninspired performance from the Blues saw Inter win 1-0 on the night thanks to Samuel Eto'o's 79 th minute goal, 3-1 on aggregate.
And Didier Drogba's straight red card late in the match may yet have further repercussions – owing to the still hanging-over suspended ban that followed the 2008 Champions League final.
An at times torrid first half saw some passages of play that might be more suited to Six Nations Rugby. The best chance came when Nicolas Anelka, recipient of a floated over ball from Drogba, decided to chest down, when a shot would almost certainly have led to a goal.
Visiting deity Mourinho did little to calm matters, with a series of spirited touchline interventions – notably, on one occasion, towards Florent Malouda, who he fingered for a recklessly high tackle. The referee disagreed.
But the second period saw Chelsea increasingly frustrated by a workmanlike Inter who, in typical Mourinho fashion, took their chances to counter attack.
Questions may be asked in coming days about the future of Mourinho's Chelsea replacement Carlo Ancelotti , who was brought in by owner Roman Abramovich with the sole aim of winning the Champions League.