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Chelsea Beware: 5 Teams Who Lost Domestic Cup And Champions League Finals Same Season

Chelsea Beware: 5 Teams Who Lost Domestic Cup And Champions League Finals Same Season

Chelsea hope to end this season on a very high note when they face Manchester City in the Champions League final on May 29.

The Blues have already lost the FA Cup title to Leicester City and could also end up on the losing side against Manchester City in Portugal.

In this piece, JAMES AGBEREBI of Completesports.com takes a look at five teams who lost both domestic Cup and Champions League finals in the same season. And the Chelsea camp had better be wary .

1. Bayern Munich (2011/2012 Season)

Bayern Munich qualified for the final of the 2011/2012 DFB-Pokal (German Cup) final where they faced Borussia Dortmund.

It was a vengeance game for Bayern who had lost the league title to Dortmund. But it was not to be as Dortmund ran riot inflicting a 5-2 win against the Bavarians to complete the double.

Despite the DFB-Pokal disappointment, Bayern had the chance to end the season on a high when they faced Chelsea in the final of the Champions League.

It turned out to be another heartbreak for Bayern following a shock defeat to Chelsea right at their own backyard.

A Didier Drogba late header cancelled out Thomas Muller’s opener for Bayern, who also missed a penalty in extra-time after Arjen Robben saw his spot kick saved by Petr Cech.

And in the shootout, Drogba converted the winning spot kick to give Chelsea a 4-3 win and their first ever Champions League title.

2. Chelsea (2007/2008 Season)

After replacing Jose Mourinho with Avram Grant, following the Portuguese’s sacking , Chelsea went on to qualify for both the League Cup and Champions League finals.

In the final of the League Cup against Tottenham Hotspur, The Blues lost 2-1 after extra-time despite taking the lead through Didier Drogba.

A 70th minute penalty scored by Dimitar Berbatov took the game into extra-time where Jonathan Woodgate got the winner in the 94th minute.

Chelsea had another chance to end the campaign on a positive note when they faced Manchester United in their first ever Champions League final appearance.

The final which was played in Moscow saw United take the lead through Cristiano Ronaldo before Frank Lampard equalised before the end of the first half.

After both teams failed to find the winner, the game went into extra-time with Drogba shown a straight red card with few minutes to the end of the game.

The game eventually went into penalties with John Terry missing Chelsea’s last kick when a goal would have sealed their first Champions League title.

United went on to emerge winners thanks to Nicolas Anelka’s penalty miss – saved by Edwin van der Sar.

3. Bayer Leverkusen (2001/2002 Season)

Bayer Leverkusen almost pulled off one of the shocks in football history as they were set to claim a treble during the 2001/2002 season.

However, the implosion was as dramatic as the rise that had put them on the verge of football greatness.

They lost the league title on the final day to Dortmund but still had the chance to clinch the double, the DFB-Pokal and the Champions League.

After losing the league title, seven days later they faced Schalke in the DFB-Pokal final and despite taking the lead through Dimitar Berbatov, they lost 4-2.

All that was left for Leverkusen was the Champions League against a star-studded Real Madrid side at Hampden Park in Scotland.

Leverkusen put up a spirited effort but it didn’t materialise as they fell 2-1 with Zinedine Zidane scoring one of the greatest goals in the history of the competition.

4. Barcelona (1985/1986 Season)

The Catalan giants qualified for both the Copa del Rey and Champions League (known back then as the European Cup) finals in 1986.

But it ended in tears as they lost both finals to Zaragoza and Romanian club, Steaua Bucuresti.

The Copa del Rey final saw Zaragoza triumph 1-0 thanks to a Ruben Sosa 34th minute goal.

And in the European final against Steaua, which was played inside the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium, home ground of Sevilla, Barcelona lost 2-0 on penalties after 120 minutes of play ended goalless.

The final is fondly remembered as Barcelona had all of their spot-kicks saved by Steaua goalkeeper Helmuth Duckadam.

5. Juventus (1972/1973 Season)

Juventus would have become the first Italian team to win the treble but had to settle with the league title following defeats in the Coppa Italia and Champions League finals.

Inter Milan went on to achieve the feat under Jose Mourinho during the 2009/2010 campaign.

They lost the Coppa Italia final to AC Milan on penalties, going down 5-2 on penalties after regulation time ended 1-1.

And in the Champions League final, they lost 1-0 to Ajax through a Johnny Rep fourth minute strike which handed the Dutch giants a third straight European title.

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