Quiet times around Stamford Bridge with 16 of Chelsea's first teamers called up to play for their home nations. But getting them all back under one roof again gave them the opportunity for a photo-shoot in their official formal team uniforms, designed by Dolce&Gabbana.
Seven nations were represented by Chelsea players which is a reflection of the internatonal flavour of the Blues and the quality that runs throughout the squad. England, Spain, Belgium, Serbia, Czech Republic, Brazil and Nigeria called on their Chelsea players to aid them in their quest for qualification but for now it's time to concentrate the minds for the London derby against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart lane on Saturday.
It is the first meeting of the two teams since former Chelsea manager joined their cross-town rivals. Villas-Boas' Spurs are gaining on lost ground from the start of the season and are currently up to fifth in the league. But that's 5 points behind leaders Chelsea who have been far and away the most impressive and dynamic team in the league so far.
Following on from their European success last year Chelsea are looking to not only win more silverware this year but to do so in an entertaining and enterprising fashion. Their Summer signings have proved to live up to every bit of hype surrounding them and allied with the experienced old-guard they will be a formidable team domestically and in Europe.
Nothing is won before Christmas, as they say, but Chelsea supporters have every reason to feel very pleased with themselves indeed.