Chelsea should be pretty content with their Premier League position without the presence of VAR this year.
ESPN conducted a study to see how the table would look in the hypothetical absence of the game’s technological helper.
Those situated at Stockley Park have become something of the evil villains in this cinematic epic, stored away in their secret lair trying to take over the footballing world.
Many of our on-pitch heroes haven’t hidden away from voicing their VAR displeasure, much like the masked crusaders in the crowd.
Unfortunately for them, VAR is here to stay – for now – living and breathing beside us.
In a galaxy VAR, VAR away
But ESPN gave a glimpse into a life void of the coloured lines, pitch-side monitors and delays longer than the M5 on a Friday night.
They took the first 22 VAR overturns from each fixture from the current campaign and calculated how they may have altered the outcome of games.
This is because, without the initial call, any subsequent VAR requests might not have happened.
ESPN also took into a number of other factors, including team form, time of incident, xG at time of incident, team strength and impact of incident.
Still with us?
If you are of a Chelsea persuasion, it’s worth keeping track of this slightly confusing plotline.
According to ESPN’s VAR-less table, the Blues remain top of the league with 18 points, an improvement of two on their actual tally.
Had Thomas Tuchel’s men remained at 11, ESPN predicted Chelsea would have gone on to win the tie.
Elsewhere in the division, Manchester City and Manchester tumble out of the top four, Everton move to second, whilst Newcastle take a massive leap from 19th to 12th.