Leicester’s ascent to Premier League title challengers and Chelsea’s dismal title defence have led to suggestions that the English status quo is changing.
The domestic hierarchy has been more or less entrenched since 1992/13, with four teams carving up all but one title between them and two of those only belatedly entering the picture thanks to enormous financial backing.
Everything appears to have been turned upside down this term, with the Foxes and the reigning champions switching roles.
Worryingly for those, such as the Blues, among the traditional elite, the iconoclastic campaign is not expected to be a one off.
Instead the enormous capital transfusion that is the division’s new TV deal could further level the playing field when it comes to player recruitment.
The hefty financial boost will allow sides formerly trapped the wrong side of the glass ceiling the chance to bring in players of a stature not that far below those on the books of Arsenal, Liverpool, the Manchesters and Chelsea.
Meanwhile, the natural scarcity of world-class talent denies the overlords the ability to buy themselves clear of the proletariat.
So, how might this worryingly trend towards egalitarianism aid a side such as Stamford Bridge’s finest, whose own rise to prominence was so clearly down to possessing more money than the majority of their rivals?
Simple, it will mean that, despite being unable to offer potential recruits the lure of Champions League football next season, they are unlikely to be left behind by their established rivals.
Across the league less inequality places a far greater emphasis on shrewd management of resources, as Leicester have shown this season.
The acquisition of Antonio Conte, the man responsible for re-establishing Juventus as the dominant force in Italian football, should ensure that the Blues use theirs better than most.