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Just under two years ago, Atletico Madrid humbled Chelsea 4-1 in a totally one-sided UEFA Super Cup in Monaco.
The personnel on both teams is different. Radamel Falcao has moved on, while Diego Costa has become king. Chelsea have moved out Juan Mata, with Samuel Eto'o being their main attacking threat.
The Blues have also changed manager twice since the debacle.
Still, as Stamford Bridge so clearly saw on Wednesday night, this is a side in transition.
Chelsea were not flayed alive, as in Monaco. Rather they were the authors of their own undoing due to lapses in defensive concentration and an impotent front line.
Next season, they will be able to call on Nemanja Matic in this competition—he was vital in the second half of the Premier League season. There will be summer signings too.
Only 13 months until the 2015 Champions League final in Berlin...