Chelsea had a tough game on paper against FC Schalke in Germany but made it look anything but, winning out easy 3-0 winners.
Fernando Torres will grab the headlines in the wake of his two goals, with Eden Hazard grabbing a third.
But a particular noteworthy performance belongs to Cesar Azpilicueta, who was standing in for Ashley Cole at left-back.
The Spaniard is a right-back by trade, and was preferred by manager Jose Mourinho to Ryan Bertrand, who is a natural in the position.
Certainly the decision did not backfire, with Azpilicueta contributing to Chelsea keeping a clean sheet against the disappointing hosts.
He played all 90 minutes, and made the joint highest number of tackles in the team on the night, on four, level with Ramires. It was more than the rest of his fellow defenders combined.
Azpilicueta also made two interceptions, again more than the rest of his three fellow defenders combined, although his two clearances was the lowest in the Chelsea defence.
His pass completion accuracy was 81 per cent, which compares almost the same as opposite full-back Branislav Ivanovic on 82, but he made 10 more passes than the Serbian, and the most of any defender. Azpilicueta was alos the only Chelsea defender to complete a successful dribble.
It was certainly a promising display, and one which should give Chelsea fans encouragement if Ashley Cole was to be ruled out for any further than first thought.
So how were his efforts received by fans? Here's a look at how they reacted on Twitter to his display...
Azpilicueta in my opinion did a great job tonight playing in the LB position. Deserves more playing time,maybe in RB position though— CFCTYCOON (@cfctycoon) October 22, 2013
A Schurrle- Azpilicueta partnership is better defensively than a Hazard- Ashley/Bertrand partnership. We might see this more often now.— Himanshu Mathpal (@Himanshucfc) October 22, 2013
Cesar Azpilicueta had only started five games in all competitions this season but the 24-year-old put in an assured performance. 7 #CFC— ME (@Henryjackron) October 22, 2013
Azpilicueta was defensively top notch.— Abhilash sarathy (@CluelessExpert) October 22, 2013
the players played with great tactical discipline, my man of the match is Azpilicueta considering that he's playing in another position.#CFC— johny CFC. (@johnykenny) October 22, 2013
Great to see Torres on the score sheet. Looks much more confident now. Thought the whole defence were excellent, Azpilicueta great job at LB— Mason Emmott (@Mason_26) October 22, 2013
Solid performance especially by Azpilicueta, made some vital blocks in the first half.— Aditya Kadrekar (@JuanKills10) October 22, 2013
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