Big-time Chelsea still haven't sussed it out after holders surrender Champions League at first hurdle
08:18 GMT, 6 December 2012
When the annual list of the biggest clubs in Europe is officially announced in February, Chelsea will be the fifth name on it.
Bigger than the 2010 winners, Inter Milan. Bigger than two-time champions Juventus.
Bigger even than AC Milan, the seven-time kings of Europe. Turnover reached record levels when the Blues won the Champions League for the first time, raking in 48.46million from the competition alone.
Unlucky: Fernando Torres scored two goals in Chelsea's victory but the holders went out
This embarrassing exit has left a gaping hole in their season. The European champions have been turned over, becoming the first defending champions in history to be bombed out before the draw for the second round.
That will take place in Nyon, Switzerland, on December 20 when the great and good of European football convene at UEFA HQ.
Chelsea will be nowhere near the main event. Instead it is Europa League football for them after their failure to get out of Group E.
It will not rest easily with Roman Abramovich, the man who fired Chelsea's winning manager Roberto Di Matteo and replaced him with Rafa Benitez.
At least Benitez has won a game, at the fourth time of asking, but there is a bigger picture here.
Absent: John Terry watched the match from the stands
Good enough Now is the time for the likes of Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres to show their class
They really thought they had it cracked this time, especially after Didier Drogba struck the winning penalty against Bayern Munich back in May.
The official handover of the European Cup begins during a series of stuffy ceremonies in the week leading up to the final at Wembley on May 25.
They may as well take it to Switzerland in a couple of weeks time after they surrendered the Champions League just six months after winning it.
Stadium tour guides can still show giddy tourists the trophy but it will not be on display in that glass cabinet in the West Stand for much longer.
Emphatic: Chelsea won 6-1, but Juventus sealed their exit by beating Shakhtar
The club who broke the big cup over the summer and had to send it for emergency repairs are out after Shakhtar Donetsk were beaten by Juventus.
Chelsea did their bit with goals from David Luiz, two – yes, two – from Fernando Torres, Gary Cahill, Juan Mata and Oscar, but it came too late after defeat in Donetsk and that lamentable performance in Turin.
Years ago Chelsea's former chief executive Peter Kenyon claimed his big-spending club had to win the European Cup at least twice before they could be considered to be among the elite.
After last night's exit, there is clearly more to it than just money.