John Terry was at a loss to explain Chelsea's abject first-half performance after their dream of the greatest comeback in Barclays Premier League title history was crushed by Manchester United.
The Blues failed to turn up during the opening 45 minutes at Old Trafford on Sunday as United ran riot and could easily have found themselves more than 2-0 down.
They rallied somewhat in the second half but the final 2-1 scoreline flattered them as they all but surrendered the title they won last year.
The defeat left them six points behind United with two games remaining, undoing all their hard work over the previous two months to claw back a 15-point deficit. Chelsea conceded after just 36 seconds and captain Terry struggled to explain why they were caught cold.
He told Chelsea TV: "I'm not sure. We were fully prepared and it's one of those things. Disappointing day but, going back two months, we would've taken this - being in the position (three points behind United at the start of the game).
"We felt it was in our hands and we could come here and we could win the game. Sometimes, you have to hold your hands up."