Chelsea made it through to the Champions League quarter-finals but missed a string of chances in an uninspiring 0-0 draw against FC Copenhagen.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side qualified courtesy of a 2-0 victory in the first leg and were never in any danger of missing out on the last eight, but there was an air of frustration at Stamford Bridge as Copenhagen kept their more illustrious hosts at bay.
Frank Lampard wasted a particularly good chance in almost the first minute, turning his shot wide after excellent work from the over-lapping Ashley Cole.
Cole himself missed another effort after that before setting up a chance for Yuri Zhirkov that faded past the far post.
Nicolas Anelka was denied by goalkeeper Johan Wiland and Didier Drogba shot tamely when clean through before half-time.
In between all that frenzy of attacking action Chelsea also had a minor scare when Dame N’Doye’s free-kick hit the bar for Copenhagen, but that was a rare foray into enemy territory for the Danish visitors.
They certainly defended well, however, as Chelsea’s profligacy continued in the second half with Anelka particularly guilty.
Eventually Ancelotti took off the Frenchman in favour of Fernando Torres after 68 minutes – and the former Liverpool man was denied his first goal for his new club by a flying save from Wiland six minutes later.
By the end Chelsea looked short of ideas and inspiration and although they join fellow Premier League sides Tottenham and Manchester United in the quarter-finals it was hardly an advert for their ambition to win the coveted trophy for the first time.