It was vital that Chelsea got back to winning ways against Fulham.
In their last league outing, the Blues were embarrassed 3-1 by Tottenham at Wembley and in truth, that scoreline probably flattered them.
What better antidote than a west London derby against rock-bottom Fulham and, of course, a reunion with former boss Claudio Ranieri.
The current incumbent of the Chelsea hotseat, Maurizio Sarri, has learned the hard way that English football can be an unforgiving, fickle business.
One minute, the Italian was being hailed as a tactical genius for utilising Jorginho so effectively but that all changed with the defeat to Spurs.
Suddenly, as the club's unbeaten record slipped away, questions were being asked about why N'Golo Kante was being used so far forward.
The ex-Leicester midfielder is one of the best in the world in a deeper role, so even if his change of position was for the greater good, employing him further up the pitch raised a lot of eyebrows.
However, Sarri has persevered with the experiment and at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, it paid dividends.
Sarri hasn't given up
With just four minutes on the clock, the Frenchman won the ball back near the halfway line and surged forward before slipping the ball into the box.
Pedro picked it up and before you could say 'Kante can't attack' it was 1-0 to the hosts:
The 27-year-old's role didn't go unnoticed either among Chelsea fans:
That was Kante's second assist of the season, which is already more than he contributed in his first two campaigns at the club combined.
So, are Sarri's tactics being vindicated?
It would appear so and if anything, it's testament to Kante that he's adapted so well.
Inevitably, there are going to be casualties whenever a new manager comes in and employs his own system but it doesn't look as if the World Cup winner is going to be one of them.
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