Five days after smothering Atletico Madrid with a defensive blanket in the Champions League, Chelsea parked "two buses" in front of their goal to win at Anfield, according to Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers on Sunday.
Manager Jose Mourinho may not be providing the kind of swashbuckling football armchair fans salivate over but it is mighty effective and further evidence that when it comes to pouring water all over the barbecue, he is still the master.
The Portuguese, whose Inter Milan side beat Barcelona and Bayern Munich on the way to winning the 2010 Champions League by putting up the barricades and conceding possession, proved again that he is the ultimate pragmatist.
Liverpool have torn teams to shreds at Anfield this season and had won 11 games in a row to stand on the verge of a first title for 24 years - yet their fans would have been fearful of the visit of Chelsea who have so often been their nemesis.
So it proved as Liverpool failed to flow, got bogged down in midfield and spent the afternoon running repeatedly into a wall of blue before succumbing to a couple of sucker punches.
A deflated Rodgers could hardly contain his contempt for Chelsea's tactics, suggesting that any team could be set up to spoil and it was much more worthy trying to entertain.
But he is far from the first manager to find himself out-witted by the Portuguese who gleefully ran down the touchline when Willian tapped in his side's second goal in stoppage time.
When Mourinho arrived at Chelsea in 2004 he called himself the Special One and launched the club down a path that led to two Premier League titles with football that was not always pretty but was devastatingly effective.
When he returned before the start of this season he said he was the "Happy One". At times he has looked like the "Miserable One" but he really does not care what people think, other than his adoring fans at Stamford Bridge.
Mourinho has been a spiky presence in the dugout and in his post-match press conferences lately - sarcastically congratulating the referee for his perceived errors in Chelsea's home defeat by Sunderland last week which may well end up costing them the title.
His outburst attracted widespread scorn but cleverly deflected attention away from his players' poor show.
A few days later in Madrid they responded to the siege mentality that Mourinho loves to instil with