We were not ready to win the title – Mourinho
Cardiff City 1 Chelsea 2
The Reds finished with the Blues and the Blues saved one or two red faces courtesy of goals from Andre Schurrle and Fernando Torres.
Still, for two sides who had genuine ambitions at the beginning of August, it was a tame conclusion to a season in which both clubs stand accused of underachieving.
For Cardiff, the accusation is watertight. Their first season back in the top flight in more than 50 years has been calamitous.
Sackings, protests, criticism of the controversial owner Vincent Tan and a mid-season change of manager which left them with little chance of avoiding relegation.
Chelsea, however, will claim that third place in the Premier League and a spot in the semi-finals of the Champions League was a relatively acceptable return, despite the lack of silverware. Manager Jose Mourinho was quick to confirm as much and said that his first season back at the helm,was the first in Chelsea's new era.
"This season was part of the process," he said. "It is one thing to play for the title, but we needed to get the team ready to win. If we do our work in the summer market, which I know the club is trying to do, we will start on day one next season trying to win the title."
Chelsea remained behind until 18 minutes from time when Schurrle scored.