For Chelsea fans, the nervous excitement that always goes hand in hand with the start of the season may have been quelled by a lacklustre display against Stoke.
It was a tough test for Andre Villas-Boas in his first competitive outing as Chelsea boss and the Blues were only able to scrape a 0-0 draw.
Chelsea fans' disappointment will only have been exacerbated by the flair with which the two Manchester clubs eased to victory.
But the Portuguese mastermind will have come away from that game with a new knowledge of his team and new ideas on how to improve.
Here are six points that Villas-Boas got wrong and will need to correct before Chelsea face West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.