Chelsea kicked off their Premier League clash against Stoke at 3pm and by 3:07 the contest is all but over following a rampant start from the home side.
With just over two minutes on the clock, a tantalising corner came looping in from the right where it found the head of defender Antonio Rudiger.
Jumping above the Stoke defence, the German cooly put the home side in front before anyone had even broken a sweat.
Before the visitors even had a chance to take stock of the challenge that lay ahead, Antonio Conte’s men ruthlessly doubled their lead on eight minutes, thanks to a wonder goal from Danny Drinkwater.
Coming out to him as he waiting outside the penalty area, the former Leicester player drove the ball into the top right-hand corner of the net, leaving the Stoke goalkeeper rooted to the spot.
Chelsea will all but certainly leapfrog Manchester United in the Premier League standings, at least until United’s game against Southampton later.
As both sides continue to lose ground on runaway league leaders Manchester City, it is looking increasingly likely that the title of runners-up is the best either side can hope for at this stage of the season.
Following a slow start to the campaign, Chelsea fans will wonder if they could have mounted a credible title defence had they found their form sooner.
Things just got a whole lot worse for the visitors as Pedro steps up and makes it three for Chelsea.
Game over after 23 minutes, unless of course the home side does ‘a Liverpool’ and lets their commanding position slip.