It was the numbed expression and monotone delivery that betrayed Juan Mata's sense of deflation. Chelsea players were shuffling away from the Yokohama International Stadium with nothing to show for their expedition to the other side of the globe other than that hideous, empty feeling of failure, and not even the prospect of an imminent collision with Leeds United roused them from their melancholy.
Chelsea's attempt to become club world champions ended in tears of regret and angry accusations of play-acting, with Gary Cahill incensed at the reaction of Corinthians' Emerson after tangling with the forward in the last minute. The England defender was dismissed as the Brazilian club prevailed courtesy of Paolo Guerrero's second-half winner.
Chelsea's trek to the other side of the world has ended in numbed disappointment and livid frustration. Corinthians reclaimed the Fifa Club World Cup for South America at the Londoners' expense here, wresting the trophy from Europe for the first time in six years, with this arena pounding to the beat of the Brazilian drums.
Branislav Ivanovic spoke regularly of his team boasting a chance to make "history" though, on a personal level, the Serb will approach Sunday's Fifa Club World Cup final with redemption on his mind. Corinthians await at the Yokohama International stadium and for two of the quartet of Chelsea players who missed that heady night in Munich back in May through suspension the chance to make amends of sorts awaits.
Chelsea's hopes of finding time to prepare for Wednesday's Capital One Cup quarter-final at Leeds United have been further hampered after they were forced to put back their return flight from Japan due to noise restrictions over night-time take-offs from Toyko.
It took three days of Chelsea's stay in Japan for Ashley Cole, hardly a natural fall guy, to be reduced to waiting on tables at his team-mates' pleasure.
David Luiz has heard the grumblings: The Fifa Club World Cup is little more than a contrived mid-season distraction, a long-haul trek to the other side of the globe for a jamboree few care one jot about.
Rafael Benítez is nothing if not ambitious.