The football was nothing to crow about. Chelsea's desperation was betrayed by their rigid, defensive system that relied on constriction rather than invention.
In face of the Barcelona onslaught at the Nou Camp yesterday morning (Singapore time), the Blues at times resembled rabbits in the face of oncoming headlights.
The match statistics were startling. By the end of the game, the Catalan club completed 672 passes – a whopping 90 per cent success rate. Chelsea didn't even breach the 100-pass mark.
As a measure of Barcelona's attacking intent, 380 of their completed passes took place in Chelsea's third of the field. The visitors mustered a feeble total of only 13.
What a contrast. Alas, the numbers that really mattered were on the scoreboard. It read: Barcelona 2 Chelsea 2.
Chelsea had taken down the mighty giants. They had made it to the Champions League final at the favourites' expense, with a 3-2 aggregate score.
More in The New Paper on Thursday (Apr 26).