The first intimation that something was amiss came in Roberto Di Matteo's late arrival for the press conference after Chelsea's 3-0 defeat to Juventus. Usually he arrives half an hour or so after the final whistle; this time it took him 75 minutes. He didn't seem particularly upset or resigned but it later emerged he'd told the players not to come in on Wednesday for their usual post-game warm-downs as he had "meetings" to attend. By 3am as he trudged through the south terminal of Gatwick airport, he was struggling to raise a smile for the small gaggle of fans seeking photographs.

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