It’s getting to that point in the season managers dread. A chockablock November is already weighing heavy in the legs, the Hectic Festive Scheldule lies just over the brow of the next hill.
On Saturday lunchtime, Chelsea played West Ham and tiredness told. Mistakes were as abundant as Quality Streets at Christmas, some players already looked like they were running through bread sauce. Kai Havertz, Ben Johnson and Kurt Zouma all went off injured.
It looked like we were in for an attritional, wild, unpredictable weekend of Premier League football . . .