The first big bi-election of the faux democracy known as the Premier League saw the only two parties expected to have a chance of winning the thing succumb to a stalemate.
Manchester City, who improved upon the result achieved in the corresponding fixture last term despite playing 24 minutes a man down, were arguably the moral victors.
Yet they remain 3/1 second-favourites to retain their league title this term, with Chelsea retaining a commanding 13/20 pole-position in the market.
But what did the blockbuster collision teach us about the protagonists involved?
Pragmatism is still Chelsea’s default setting against their closest rivals.
Much has been made about the west Londoners’ most un-Mourinho-like creativity this term.
However, when it comes to away games against the top sides, even a sending-off wasn’t enough to tempt them out of their shell.
Defensive probity is not just something the Blues have shrugged off for minnow-mauling exhibitions.
The increased concessions that have accompanied Chelsea’s increased attacking smarts have taken a toll on their ability to stubbornly defend their way to victory.
Despite allowing City fewer shots on goal than they managed in the 2013/14 Etihad clash, the Blues seemed far less comfortable in doing so.
James Milner continues to be underestimated by all except those who manage him.
The Leeds-native produced a man of the match performance of attacking guile, selfless work-rate and defensive diligence.
Not bad considering he was making just his second league start of the season.
Reservations over Eliaquim Mangala’s worth are likely to be short-lived.
Any doubts as to whether or not the Frenchman’s sky high transfer fee was fair were dispelled with a debut of commanding strength and defensive proactiveness.
For all his quality, Schurrle is only ever going to be a substitute at Chelsea.
Those previously unclear on the issue were showed exactly why the German is such a selection headache for Jose Mourinho.
An elusive run and calm finish got the visitors’ noses in front but his lack of defensive presence played a part in the strike that pegged them back.
Diego Costa is a liability at defending set-pieces.
A few sessions with Didier Drogba, a master of the art, would certainly be beneficial for the new kid on the block who could twice have conceded penalties in such situations at the Etihad.
Manuel Pellegrini is no shrinking violet in the post-match verbals.
Comparing Chelsea to Stoke, Ouch! No wonder the usually loquacious banterologist Mourinho was forced to resort to schoolyard-level stuff like referring to the Chilean as Pellegrino.