Whenever Jose Mourinho's longstanding undefeated home record would fall, and it was very likely (though not a certainty) that it would eventually end, we were destined for fireworks afterwards.
And now, after 78 games, Jose Mourinho has lost his first home league game as Chelsea manager. Spread across five years, in two separate stints in two different decades, it is some record to be proud of.
The big shock has been that it wasn't a narrow loss to one of the best sides in the league, it was a scrappy defeat to a Sunderland side bottom of the table and still very much in danger of playing Championship football next year. And beyond that, it appeared at the worst possible time, with the Blues manoeuvring into a position to go to Anfield and challenge for a win that would have likely seen them end up as Premier League champions.
Now it is looking increasingly likely that they will have to settle for 3rd place.
Unsurprisingly, Mourinho was happy to supply the gunpowder, fuse and spark in post match meetings with the press, his first conferences with the media for three games, delivering apparently sarcastic congratulations to officials for their recent performances.
"I just want to say four things," the Chelsea boss told Sky Sports.
"I'm sorry if you give me more questions but I [will] repeat the same four things.
"Congratulations to my players because they gave what they have and what they don't have.
"Congratulations to Sunderland, because they won.
"Congratulations to [match referee] Mike Dean , because he made a fantastic performance.
"And congratulations to [referee's chief] Mike Riley, because what they did during the season was fantastic for the way the championship is going."
"Congratulations to all of them - and I have nothing more to say."
The Portuguese was likely fuming at the awarding of a debatable penalty to Sunderland late on, and only time will tell whether his attempts at a tongue in cheek dig at the officials will escape punishment from the FA.