FC Chelsea: 10 Things We Learned from Blues' Champions League Run

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FC Chelsea: 10 Things We Learned from Blues' Champions League Run
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What a ride Chelsea took its fans on during this year's Champions League!

The Blues started the tournament defeating—albeit barely—Bayer Leverkusen, Valencia and Racing Genk. They won their group and were tasked with putting away Napoli, an Italian side who was on a hot streak in Serie A.

Chelsea went down 3-1 during the first leg in Naples, but then came an improbable 4-1 victory over Napoli to give the club a one-way ticket to the tournament's quarterfinals.

The Blues easily defeated Portugal's Benfica, 3-1, on aggregate in the next round before facing Barcelona in the semifinals.

(Cue ominous music and thunderous lightning...)

Chelsea went up in the first leg, defeating Barca, 1-0, at Stamford Bridge and then miraculously brought down the house at Camp Nou, kicking Spain's best team out of the competition—with only 10 men for most of the match!

Then came Bayern Munich for the final. In Germany. Without John Terry.

And Chelsea did what many thought impossible, winning with patient, defensive-minded tactics and star forward Didier Drogba being in the right place and the right time during the Blues' only corner of the match.

There's a lot Chelsea, and their fans learned during the tournament, but join me as I give you the 10 most important takeaways from the Blues' 2011-12 UEFA Champions League run.

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