Missing out on Munich
John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic will miss the final against Bayern
And it seems the Blues will pay the heaviest, having lost John Terry-Branislav Ivanovic at the heart of their defence, as well as two important elements in their midfield, Portuguese Raul Mereiles and Brazilian Ramires.
The three last-mentioned were penalised for their succession of yellow cards, but the emblematic captain of Chelsea saw red against Barça after kneeing Alexis Sanchez in the thigh.
Roberto Di Matteo will no doubt be hoping that he will recuperate David Luiz and Gary Cahill from injury in time, at the risk of having to put together a team with a completely decimated defence.
Faced with this veritable deluge of suspensions, Blues midfielder John Obi Mikel expressed his regret that the counters had not been set back to zero before the final.
"Yes, the yellow cards should be cancelled going into a final and UEFA should look into that. When you get to the final everyone wants to see the best players and it's a shame that JT, Ivanovic, Meireles and Ramires won't play,” said the disappointed Nigerian.
Although Bayern Munich will not be as badly affected by sanctions, they will also have to cope without three of their capped players at the Allianz Arena.
Under threat of suspension at the outset of their semi-final on Wednesday evening against Real Madrid, Alaba, Badstuber and Luiz Gustavo each received yellow cards and will also miss the big European rendezvous.
It is unlikely that the two clubs would appeal to the UEFA Commission of Discipline, who denied Franck Ribéry this same gift two years ago and left the Frenchman to watch the final against Inter Milan from the stands, following his suspension in the semi-final against Lyon.
In short, this was probably the price Chelsea had to pay for eliminating the mighty Barcelona.