A week and a half after making the wrong sort of history by crashing out of the competition that means the most to them, the Blues were at it again in Japan as they surrendered a trophy for the fourth time already this season.
Despite being firm favourites to beat Corinthians in Yokohama, they were outplayed and - more worryingly - outfought by the South American champions, who sealed a 1-0 victory through Paolo Guerrero in front of a partisan crowd of die-hard supporters.
Fernando Torres had a golden chance to take the game to extra-time - as Didier Drogba managed so famously in the Champions League final - but the Spaniard missed an absolute sitter and saw a stoppage-time header ruled out for offside after Gary Cahill was sent off.
It all added to the feeling that Chelsea's £80million summer overhaul had left them with a team of also-rans, with interim manager Rafael Benitez unable to instil a winning mentality.
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