Whether it be a message to the club's owners, or because he genuinely believed Andre Schurrle was the best option available - Jose Mourinho's selection against PSG did not pay off.
The versatile wide man illustrated, as he did at Old Trafford earlier in the season, that playing him up front - was a stretch too far against such illustrious opposition.
The German international was described by commentator Gary Neville as a 'rabbit in the headlights' early on into the contest, and it did not really improve.
He was substituted in the 59th minute for Fernando Torres, who himself did not add much to Chelsea's attacking threat, if anything.
Schurrle did not attempt a single shot on goal, and neither did his Spanish replacement, neither winning a single aerial duel.
Mourinho explained his selection of Schurrle up front, stating after the game: "'I am not happy with my strikers' performances so I have to try things.
"With Andre at least I know we have one more player to have the ball and to associate with the other players. Even not being dangerous because he's not a striker he can associate and the team can have control of possession like we had.
"'Football is not just about that. It's also about scoring goals, getting in behind and having real strikers."
There was one clear difference between the two. Schurrle did what Mourinho asked to one degree in helping Chelsea retain possession, completing 94 per cent of his passes. Torres completed just 64 per cent of his.
The situation regarding the strikers at Chelsea, with Samuel Eto'o injured, is threatening to derail what was becoming a very promising season.
Here's how fans reacted to the performances of Schurrle, playing out of position, and Torres - very much in his.
Playin Schurrle as a striker backfired totally, once Ramires was yellow carded, Lampard should have come on!! #CFC— Londres est Bleu (@KrazySexcCool) April 2, 2014
#Cfc needs a competent striker. Torres isn't getting the job done and schurrle doesn't play the position well. Et'o is old.— Dustin R (@PGHdustin) April 2, 2014
How can anyone defend Torres after this long? It gets so boring listening to fans saying " He just need's time " #CFC— Forever Blue (@shepherds4u) April 2, 2014
Mourinho doesn't often get it wrong, but playing schurrle up top? Didnt work again..if anyone finds Torres' confidence please return to #cfc— James Bean (@JamesBean91) April 2, 2014