Could it be that there are already cracks appearing in Jose Mourinho’s relationship with Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich?
After the Blues were shocked at home by Basel in the Champions League, following their defeat to Everton in the Premier League, it cannot be denied that The Special One’s second coming is on wobbly footing.
Talk of crisis is premature of course. Mourinho’s pedigree is indisputable, and even as relative under-achievers of late, Chelsea’s star-studded line-up has won the FA Cup, Champions League and Europa League in the past few seasons.
The season is long, and the Blues remain many pundits’ favourites to win the Premier League. And they will surely progress from the group stage despite their opening defeat this week.
However, whether Mou and Abramovich will be able to work together peaceably remains an intriguing question.
Chelsea is the Russian billionaire’s favourite toy, and he likes to see his image in it.
As a result, the remit is for the Blues to play a dashing brand of attacking football, which may not always be how Mou plots the course to victory.
Yes, he cuts a stylish figure in his tailored suit as he smoulders on the touchline. And yes, his teams are sometimes insatiable in their bursts towards the goal.
But the myth of Mou cannot mask his predilection for attrition, as Barcelona’s swashbucklers can attest to.
As a result, in his latest comments there seems to be more than a hint that the blueprint for attacking football, and Mou’s own mentality, may not be working out as planned yet.
"I feel we are going in one direction, which is the direction we want to be to play a certain kind of football, but the reality is we are not scoring goals," he said in the Daily Mirror.
"You can't say we don't score goals because we're not an offensive team and don't play offensive football and don't have ball possession, because we have an attacking mentality.
"Probably, if we play a defensive game and we just go on the counter-attack, probably we go there and score two or three goals."
Mourinho’s aggressive counter-attacking style was directly responsible for his La Liga success with Real Madrid, but it wasn’t always pretty to watch.
And if the Blues continue to struggle to marry their manager’s ideology to their owner’s, that relationship may not be pretty to watch either.