It may be just three games into the new Premier League season - and plenty of players and teams have failed badly after a bright start in the past - but Chelsea finally look the real deal again and appear to have landed a future world star in Eden Hazard.
The Blues made it three wins out of three with a comfortable 2-0 success over Newcastle and the European champions' impressive start bodes well for not only a sustainable top-four challenge this season (bearing in mind last term's disappointing sixth-place finish) but also an all-out assault on the title.
Traditionally, it was only after three games that the table would be published. The usual opening-day shock results were out of the way and, after 270 minutes of football, we were supposed to get a much better sense of who can expect to battle for the big prizes and which clubs will struggle.
And so it's Chelsea who are the early pacesetters this year with Roberto Di Matteo's side making a confident start and building on their stunning Champions League victory over Bayern Munich in May.
Supporters who log-on to watch their live scores online have seen the Blues dispatch Wigan, Reading and the Magpies without too many problems and they already have the look of a side that believes they can compete with the Manchester clubs for the title.
After their under-performance in the league last season, many will be wondering why there has been such a dramatic and swift upturn in Chelsea's fortunes. Winning the European Cup clearly galvanised a squad and, simply, the summer arrivals have added depth and real quality to a side that was in danger of losing ground to their rivals.
Hazard, albeit after just three games, looks a top-drawer player and the way he has settled into life in England's top flight has been quicker than many predicted. The Belgian may have made sport news headlines due to his protracted, Twitter-announced, move from France, but he oozes class and his six assists so far prove he will be the Blues' chief creator this season. Others have clearly fed off his arrival and a rejuvenated Fernando Torres is clearly benefiting with their fledgling partnership an early season eye-catcher.
Other recruits like Oscar, Cesar Azpilicueta and Marko Marin also look good additions and have improved a squad that needed to be taken to the next level if they were to challenge City and co again.
No titles have ever been won in August, of course, and, in some respects, Chelsea remain a work in progress under Di Matteo. But the Blues have laid down an ominious marker for the rest, some of whom are already playing catch up.