Andre Villas-Boas' journey back to Champions League football has been an unorthodox one. Since being sacked by Tottenham Hotspur back in 2013, the Portuguese coach has plied his trade in Russia, China and finally France.
He has also been a Dakar race driver somewhere in the middle. Now coach of Ligue 1 outfit Marseille, he has finally restored his reputation as an astute tactician, taking OM back to the realms of the Champions League for the first time since the 2013/14 campaign.
Unfortunately, that is where the good news ends. Villas-Boas and Marseille have suffered a difficult start to the new season, sitting outside of the top four in Ligue 1, and crumbling to three straight defeats in their European endeavours.
Their latest outing saw the coach return to former club Porto, where they collapsed to a humbling 3-0 defeat. Speaking to RMC after the match, Villas-Boas did not hold back, defending his position at the club by pointing out he had at least carried Marseille to this embarrassing position in which they find themselves.
"In order to be s**t in the Champions' League, you have to at least qualify for the Champions' League. We did it and we are being s**t."
You can't argue with that logic, to be fair.
Marseille were behind inside 10 minutes on Tuesday evening, when Moussa Marega opened the scoring for their Portuguese hosts. Ex-West Ham star Dimitri Payet then blazed a penalty high and wide for the visitors, and Porto took full advantage, doubling their lead through a Sergio Oliveira spot-kick on the half-hour mark.
The humiliation was complete on 70 minutes when Luis Diaz rounded off the scoring, condemning the French giants to their third defeat in a row in this European campaign. The defeat also marked a record-equalling feat for Marseille, who have now lost an unbelievable 12 straight Champions League games, matching the previous - and frankly, heroic - efforts of Belgian giants Anderlecht.
A solid evening all round for club and manager, then.