Chelsea lost to Arsenal in the FA Cup final on Saturday, and missed out on the chance to end the season with a Double.
The Blues lost the game 2-1 with a man down, as Victor Moses got a red card in the game. Despite going a goal down, Chelsea equalised through Diego Costa but even that was short-lived as Aaron Ramsey scored the winner only two minutes later.
Pat Nevin believes that Chelsea would have carried the day had the team been level on players.
“Plenty of the side had a quiet afternoon but even so, had we kept 11 men on the field and allowed Antonio to make his desired substitutions near the end, it might still have got us to extra time,” Nevin wrote in his column on Chelsea’s official website.
“Then we would have tested Arsenal’s resolve and their confidence.
“It is however all ifs and buts, we never got going and the better team won.”
He also added that despite the loss against Arsenal, the Chelsea fans still understood it was a successful season.
“There was no grumbling or griping, even though we had just lost the Cup final to Arsenal,” he wrote. “There was simply a general acceptance that we had a great season and then had a bad 90 minutes on the last day.”