For years and years, one of Chelsea's biggest problems has been trying to find a way to cope without their long-serving captain John Terry.
As Terry has got older, his value to the squad hasn't diminished and yet the amount of niggling little injuries he's picked up have risen.
The result when he hasn't been available has been an inconsistent Chelsea team, until now.
Antonio Conte's genius switch to 3-4-3 has dramatically changed Chelsea's fortunes and heading into the weekend, the Blues were at the summit of the Premier League after six consecutive victories.
Collecting a maximum 18 points only tells half of the story, though. Conte's men did not concede a single goal during that run and were dominant in almost every game played.
It's all the more impressive for Chelsea fans when they remember that their inspirational captain has watched it all from the bench.
The changing of the guard might finally be taking place at Stamford Bridge and you would forgive Terry for feeling somewhat downhearted about the situation.
But the former England captain wouldn't have the nickname 'Mr Chelsea' if he wasn't loyal to the cause.
And in a slightly unusual interview with his former teammate William Gallas for SFR Sports, Terry revealed he doesn't mind not being involved in the action.
"Honestly, in the best possible way and I know it’s going to sound crazy to people watching, but if I don’t get back into the team it means Chelsea are winning, at the minute we’re not conceding goals and possible means we’re going to win the league," Terry said.
"When I finish and when I leave, Chelsea Football Club will continue to win league’s, Champions League’s and football matches
"I’m in a position now when the team is playing unbelievable, playing really well, not conceding goals and I can’t get in the team, and that’s a good thing, I’m so happy for the boys and the team."
During a week where the retirement of Steven Gerrard dominated the headlines, Terry, now 35, is reaching a similar stage of his career and thoughts regarding when he'll eventually hang up his boots must be starting to creep in.
And although his days as a player might be numbered, the centre-back is happy to keep watching from the sidelines while the Blues are so playing so well.
He continued: "When I'm sitting there and watching I appreciate how well they’re playing and like I said, if I don’t get back in the team it’s a thing because it means we carry on winning.
"In the nicest way, I hope I don’t get back in the team because it means we continue to win football matches."
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