Before Wednesday night we had already seen a Goal of the Season contender, some costly goalkeeping errors, a pair of sound thrashings and a real ding dong of a game that almost saw the champions shocked by a newly-promoted side.
At Stamford Bridge last night, we got most of that all in one game. Not only that, but Chelsea's 4-2 win over Reading teased us for a long time with the prospect of the European champions being beaten in their first home game of the campaign and gave us the league season's first sighting of a goalkeeper coming up for a corner.
There are few better moments to be savoured in football than seeing a goalie lumber up the field for a set piece at the death, sporting an expression which is an intriguing mix of urgency and trepidation.
From that late corner, Reading were the most exposed Royals since Prince Harry's last game of billiards - and Chelsea scored a fourth goal to add a flattering touch to the scoreline of a match they had been losing 2-1 at half-time.
The win has put the Blues top of the Premier League table for the first time in almost two years, as is being gleefully reported by a variety of outlets. Never mind the fact that Chelsea have played twice as many games as everyone else (except Reading), with their second game of the season played in midweek because of their European Super Cup clash against Atletico Madrid next Friday.
Nevertheless, in his last seven games in charge of the club Roberto Di Matteo has led his team to glory in the FA Cup and the Champions League as well as going top of the table, without them being truly convincing.
All their good early work in the FA Cup final was almost undone simply by Kenny Dalglish setting Big Andy on them, while their Champions League triumph had as much to do with Bayern Munich being the most obliging of hosts as their own efforts.
Even their inexorable march to the top of the league this season has not been smooth. After going 2-0 up at Wigan within seven minutes of the kick-off, they let the Latics back into the game and the eventual victory was not quite as comfortable as the scoreline suggested. Fortunately for them, they had the presence of mind to plant double agent Franco di Santo at the DW Stadium two years ago - and played Wigan at a time in the season long before they actually begin trying.
They followed up that win last night with another display that, despite their far superior stats in every department, was not cut and dry for a long time - and needed a hefty slice of luck.
Pavel Pogrebnyak and Danny Guthrie overturned Frank Lampard's penalty to give the Royals the lead at the break, the latter courtesy of the sort of Petr Cech error which was once such a rarity but is now all too familiar.
Gary Cahill's 69th-minute strike from range gave Adam Federici the perfect opportunity to reciprocate, before Fernando Torres scored from what looked like an offside position with 10 minutes remaining. It was a slick passing move involving six Chelsea players, and any Torres goal in blue is one to be savoured as a collectors' item, but he looked to be just past the last defender when the ball was played across by Ashley Cole.
Still, those are the breaks you need when you make your way to the top of the league.
Eden Hazard has been the undoubted star of the show for the Blues so far. In his first two hours of Premier League football he has had a hand in five of Chelsea's six goals, claiming three assists and winning two converted penalties already.
But, the Belgian's creative menace aside, Chelsea have not exactly begun the season in the manner of a team that holds the European Cup and has spent more money than any other club in Britain over the summer.
Playing defensively and on the counter-attack against Barcelona and Bayern is one thing, but did Di Matteo really need to play Ryan Bertrand in midfield at Wigan following Ramires's late withdrawal?
Overhauling a team takes time, something Andre Villas-Boas was not given last season, and Di Matteo has only been given an initial one-year contract as he embarks on the same mission now.
Di Matteo may well return from Monaco next weekend with yet another trophy to add to his haul, but no one should remain in any doubt that there is still a lot of work to do before Chelsea are truly back among the best teams in the country.
Still, if this is how they are going while still a work in progress, imagine what they will be like once they are the finished article.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY: "The fact we will have to juggle our playing staff for the Premier League and the Europa League fixtures means we have to take a bit of a gamble with our chances of progressing in Europe. There isn't a lot of money in it, not unless you win the thing. Not compared to the Premier League." — Newcastle manager Alan Pardew admits that European football will play second fiddle on Tyneside this season.
FOREIGN VIEW: "Finally I am at the team I have always supported." - Antonio Cassano knows how to make new friends at Inter and enemies at AC Milan after completing his swap deal with Giampaolo Pazzini.
COMING UP: Today's video analysis comes from Alex Chick, who gives us a tactical breakdown of Andre Villas-Boas's first game in charge of Tottenham last weekend. Jan Molby will be dropping by with his latest column, too.
This evening there is plenty of live action with two Europa League qualifiers — Atromitos Athens v Newcastle (18:00) and Hearts v Liverpool (19:45) — and the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup between Barcelona and Real Madrid (21:30) to enjoy.