Though Jose Mourinho will have been delighted to see his Chelsea team earn a clean sheet against Tottenham, the result still brought into focus the Blues’ alarming defensive form, particularly on the road.
Because, as Opta highlighted, in failing to find the net against the Pensioners, Spurs became the first side since Arsenal back in April to go goalless against the Premier League champions at home.
0 - The last home team to fail to score against Chelsea in the Premier League were Arsenal in April. Memories.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 29, 2015
All told, Chelsea conceded in eight consecutive top-flight games played on the road before Asmir Begovic picked up a clean sheet against the Lilywhites.
And the Pensioners are not just struggling away from Stamford Bridge either, having shipped goals in four of their seven games at home.
In fact, Chelsea have conceded 23 goals in 14 games as part of a return that represents the sixth worst record in the division.
Make no mistake: the need for defensive alternatives and reinforcements is only increasing but with Everton so far playing hardball when it comes to any deal for John Stones, it could be time for the Londoners to look from within.
And one man earning praise at present is forgotten Nigerian youth prospect Kenneth Omeruo.
Loaned out to lowly Turkish outfit Kasimpasa, the 22-year-old has so far made eight appearances for his new, temporary employers.
The most recent of these came in a surprise 2-2 draw against high flying Galatasaray, with Omeruo earning plenty of praise for a performance in which he kept the likes of Wesley Sneijder and Lukas Podolski at bay.
Part of a team expected to struggle this season, Omeruo was superb, according to a report from Turkish-football.com, completing four interceptions and winning two aerial duels in an all-round display.
That number of interceptions represented the highest in that particular game and provides further evidence of Omeruo’s readiness for a shot at the Premier League big time.
Having starred as part of the Middlesbrough side that came so close to promotion last season, the Nigerian is edging nearer to being the real deal for Chelsea.
And with Jose Mourinho’s side still languishing at the wrong end of the table, it could be high time the Special One took a closer look at this emerging, undervalued African talent.