Chelsea star Kai Havertz was the main man for the Blues with Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner out injured. But it did not all go to plan for Thomas Tuchel despite Chelsea beating Southampton in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night, needing penalties.
One of the main problems for Tuchel has been what to do up front in the absence of Lukaku, who is likely injured until after the international break.
With Werner also missing, the Blues have looked light up front – but Havertz has proved he can fill that position.
It has not been the easiest of starts for the German, who has already written his name in Stamford Bridge folklore with his Champions League final-winning goal.
But up front, Havertz provided a display that can give Tuchel confidence ahead of some crucial fixtures over the next few weeks.
Chelsea may have put seven past Norwich at the weekend but the former PSG boss may have been concerned that the £72million man did not either get on the scoresheet or provide an assist.
But he was constantly alert against Southampton in the Carabao Cup and deserved his goal in the first-half.
In fact, he could have had more but not for some fine defending, good goalkeeping or, on occasion, missed touches.
However, Tuchel might have left Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night with more problems than solutions with two players in difficult situations.
After starring for Chelsea on the left wing, Hudson-Odoi was back in his more usual position under Tuchel at right wing-back.
And while the Englishman can be stellar going forward, his defensive capabilities leave more to be desired – but that can be expected from playing someone out of position.
The 20-year-old is a winger – would you expect Eden Hazard to play right-back? Or Jadon Sancho at left-back?
But perhaps more troublesome is the Hakim Ziyech conundrum – who could not get in the game and affect it in a positive way.
He did provide the corner that saw Havertz head one home but the former Ajax star gave the ball away time and time again.
This is Ziyech’s second season at Stamford Bridge now and has yet to put together a decent period of consecutive form.
There have been highlights, such as goals against Manchester City and Atletico Madrid, but the basics are often missing and it is difficult to see how the 28-year-old can dislodge the likes of Mason Mount and Havertz going forward.
But the quicker Tuchel can find a solution, the better, as Chelsea might need all the firepower they have to beat the likes of Liverpool and City to the Premier League title.