The sight of Olivier Giroud’s name on the Chelsea team sheet might have filled Wayne Hennessey with fear and sparked a series of flashbacks.
It is now over a year since Giroud scored a scorpion-kick against the Crystal Palace goalkeeper while wearing the red of Arsenal but you do not forget those in a hurry.
Now in dark blue, he was given the nod by Antonio Conte in this straightforward win. No sensational strikes but an assured showing ahead of a season-defining trip to Barcelona.
It remains to be seen how Conte will set his side up at the Nou Camp but the Italian knows what Giroud brings to the table. An aerial threat, an ability to hold the ball up, a target.
Here he combined with Eden Hazard and Willian well and, despite failing to get a goal, received a standing ovation from Stamford Bridge for his efforts.
After their lacklustre 1-0 loss to Premier League leaders Manchester City last weekend, which drew criticism from fans and pundits, Hazard was honest in his analysis.
‘When you leave the pitch you have the impression that you’ve ran but that you haven’t played a game of football – that’s a pity,’ he said. ‘We could have played on for three hours, and I wouldn’t touch a ball.’