Jorge Jesus had just said a couple of weeks ago that being drawn against Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals was a dream come true for him and his Benfica side.
The 57-year-old probably fancied his team's chances against a side that hasn't even come close to scaling the dizzying heights of previous seasons, at least domestically.
Clearly the dream didn't last for very long.
The resurgent Blues had a definite game plan, and they executed it to perfection. Roberto Di Matteo must be elated, and with reason. An away goal, a slender lead to take back home—what's not to be happy about?
Of course, I'd just be stating the obvious if I was to say that Benfica are not out of it. They did score twice at Old Trafford in the group stage game against Manchester United, and I wouldn't doubt their ability to repeat that when they travel to West London.
Now I mustn't forget that I'm supposed to discuss the game last night, and not the second leg just yet. So let me come back to that.
With so much talent on show for both troops, it was bound to be a tight affair.
Here are six major things we learned from Chelsea's 1-0 defeat of Benfica.