Chelsea host Liverpool on Sunday in the Premier League and it’s a huge opportunity to lay down a marker.
The Blues have eight points from their opening five league games and are adjusting to life under manager Frank Lampard, while Liverpool sit top of the table with a 100 per cent record.
Chelsea took the Merseyside club all the way to penalties before losing in the UEFA Super Cup final in August and proved in that game they can compete with the best.
But both teams are now a little deeper into the campaign and it could be a much tougher test.
Lampard’s side go into the weekend fixture at Stamford Bridge on the back of a disappointing 1-0 home defeat to Valencia, while Liverpool also lost in their Champions League group stage match away to Napoli.
Chelsea’s manager will have a selection headache over his defensive setup and fans are wondering if he will stick to a back three or revert back to a back four.
The Blues have used three centre-backs in the two games after the international break and for the majority have looked more solid.
Fikayo Tomori came into the team for his first start of the season in the draw against Sheffield United before the internationals and retained his spot in the most recent two fixtures.
The 21-year-old has arguably been the most impressive centre-back at the club this campaign and made the most of Antonio Rudiger’s injury absence.
He is an academy graduate that has shown no fear stepping up with the seniors this campaign and it must be helpful to have worked under Lampard at Derby County last season.
With Liverpool on the horizon, the temptation may be to pull the English centre-back out of the firing line against elite opposition.
But Tomori deserves his spot in the XI right now based on level of performances and it could be the making of him as a player if he can stand firm.
Lampard has shown a willingness to put faith in young players and Tomori has surely done enough to earn the trust on Sunday.