In uncovering and refining Marcos Llorente's match-winning ability in the final third seemingly out of thin air, Diego Simeone attempted to remind critics that he too had an eye for attacking talent despite his defensive reputation.
The 32-year-old's first season with Leipzig was what we envisioned from a precocious, innovative manager when backed by a precocious, innovative footballing empire.
With a core group currently in their late-20s prime, and already taking advantage of marginal gains from set pieces and throw-ins for a record points-per-game average, how does a team get better than historic?
Regardless of whether there are 32 straight days of matches in empty stadiums, or the slow drip of a season played out over nine months, the fundamental truths remain, of how clubs with the most resources somehow always find their way to the top.
Though the action resembles an intermittently buffering version of midseason soccer, the context in which that action takes place is noticeably strange.