Chelsea saw their unbeaten start to the season come to an end after they were outclassed by Tottenham in a 3-1 defeat at Wembley on Saturday.
The Blues last defeat came at the same ground in the Community Shield versus Manchester City in August, but this one will certainly hurt more.
While Maurizio Sarri’s men now sit seven points off the pace in the Premier League, it’s not the gap itself that has some rethinking their title credentials.
Chelsea couldn’t get near Spurs on the weekend due to a combination of their own woeful performance and their hosts’ brilliance.
After watching his side slip to fourth on the table, Sarri had few positives to take from the trip to north London.
"I am disappointed because we played very badly. I think we played very badly in all directions - physically, mentally, technically and tactically,” he said after the match, per BBC Sport.
"I knew we had some problems and with this performance today it was clear to everybody we have problems to solve. I think in the last three or four matches we have started not really very well.
"Today I did not like anybody."
The Italian can’t really be blamed for his grim view of proceedings.
In fact, other managers might’ve seen fit to give their squad the hairdryer treatment at full-time.
However, David Luiz has revealed the Chelsea boss took a different approach, per the Mirror.
“He has been, many times, angrier when we’ve won. It’s true,” the defender said.
“Nobody is happy. Of course the coach is not happy.
“He always tries to do his best for us, and we try to do our best for him. Of course, he’s not happy like every single player is not happy.
“But I think it’s good for us to understand, to remind us that the Premier League is never easy. It’s not easy to win any game. Like I said, we didn’t play well. We played really badly, we didn’t have the same intensity as in the other games.
“The good thing is that we have another game next week, so an opportunity to recover and gain some points. Then, soon, we have City, a tough team, the top club in the table. So we can try and make the gap a bit smaller then.
“It was our first loss, but even if you win you have to analyse and improve. That’s the only way to success.”
Sarri’s reaction says a lot about his managerial style - one that’s clearly earned the respect of his squad very early on in his tenure.
With the exception of a visit from Pep Guardiola’s City next month, the Blues have a favourable run of fixtures including Fulham, Wolves and Brighton until mid-December.