Chelsea took a surprising steer when Maurizio Sarri picked the club from where predecessor Antonio Conte left off last season.
Though, he was hugely marked as “the one” for the role by bookmakers, as this wasn’t unsurprising either.
However, his sudden rise to prominence is what, perhaps, has taken the British media and world aback, given the Blues long streak unbeaten run in all competitions this season.
When asked at the earliest stages of this campaign on how well his squad is getting accustomed to the techniques he was introducing to them, the former Napoli boss gave out that it would take about three months for it all to soak in.
Nonetheless, he’d hope he could do it in ‘two’. It’s impossible to tell if the players have reached that skyscraper length of their abilities, but riding on a string of successes over the past few months, has rubbed out fears of any nearing decline soon.
Before, the west Londoners stood on the other side of the Premier League line, as unlikely favourites to make a challenge this season, but with the wind of success in their sails, the Blues are set to eclipse their 2014-15 record breaking season, when they won the Premier League in a grand fashion.
11 games unbeaten makes Sarri the first manager in the Premier League to reach that status on his first stint as a manager in the English top-tier.
Chelsea moved to second (on goal difference) on Sunday evening, after romping Crystal Palace to a 3-1 home win, level on points with Liverpool, with a brace from goal-shy Alvaro Morata and Pedro.