Chelsea took all three points in this top four struggle - but once again West London was rocking with laughter at the irony.
It seemed Chelsea, for all their effort, were going to come up blank against a resolute City defence - in fact these are the two meanest defences in the league.
But with 20 minutes to go, it had to happen... coach Ancelotti made a couple of changes. Off came the expensively-acquired Fernando Torres - goal-less again - and on came Drogba (and Anelka but we can't remember who he replaced).
Moments later a Drogba corner found the head of Brazilian man-of-the-match Luiz who neatly nodded into the City goal.
It was sealed in time added on when another Brazilian, Ramires, scored with a peach of a solo effort.
In between guffaws, sports editor Thelonious Adidas managed to splutter: "I can't help it - it's always a laugh at Chelsea innit?
"I mean is Torres ever gonna score? He comes off... they bloody score. Oh stoppit, stoppit - please. It hurts!"