When Loic Remy went down with an injury during Chelsea’s visit to Villa Park, Guus Hiddink opted to give Pato his first appearance in a Chelsea shirt two months after joining the club on loan from Corinthians. This came a surprise to many, including fellow forgotten man on the Chelsea bench: Falcao.
Pato went on to make his debut a memorable one by converting a penalty just before halftime as Chelsea went on to win 4–0. Falcao, meanwhile, remained on the bench for the duration, giving him ample time to consider how both he and Pato now have more Premier League goals than reigning Player of the Year Eden Hazard.
And as all that was happening, Aston Villa fans plumbed new depths of catatonic depression.