Despite Chelsea's Champions League victory last year, there are few fans that would realistically claim that Chelsea are as competitive as they were a few years back.
But what do Chelsea really need to do to regain that sense of dominance over their rivals?
Most Chelsea fans will agree that the single biggest issue with Chelsea at the moment is the managers post. The appointment of Andre Villas-Boas was a desperate attempt from Roman Abramovic to recapture the success of Jose Mourinho, and despite Tottenham's recent good form, I don't think he'll ever be able to compete with his Portuguese compatriot.
Despite his European success, Roberto Di Matteo's opportunity to manage at the beginning of this season was not a good idea either. He steadied the boat, yes, but had never proved he could build a team.
Rafa Benitez too, was a mistake. Perhaps Roman Abramovic just didn't quite realise what reaction this would get from the fans, but regardless, we can now obviously see that with Chelsea's poor performance this year, this was a large mistake. Had he not been snapped up by Bayern Munich, Pep Guardiola would have been a welcomed addition to Chelsea.
Gus Hiddink's past success would also have seen him accepted with open arms. But the belief of most Chelsea fans is that there is only one true man for the job and that he should be signed no matter what the cost. 'The Special One', Mourinho would be a fabulous move for the fans, and it seems that he would be the only one to truly restore Chelsea's glory of a few years back.
The other important factor is longevity. It's no use winning the Premier League then kicking him out a couple of years down the line. Abramovic needs to put aside his ego for once and just let a manager get on with it so that Chelsea fans could possibly enjoy some sustained success.
This is all well and good, but even with Jose at the helm, along with all the talent Chelsea currently possess, in the form of Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Oscar amongst others, it still seems that Chelsea lack in some departments.
So what could be improved?
With Fernando Torres widely regarded as one of the biggest flops in history and Demba Ba not quite cutting the mustard at the moment, it has been glaringly obvious for a while that Chelsea need another true talisman striker to fill the massive Drogba shaped hole that has most certainly not been filled.
In my eyes there are two options here, but I feel they are both compatible with each other.
Look at the recent great teams, last year's Man City with Sergio Aguero, this year's Manchester United with Robin van Persie, Barcelona with Lionel Messi, Real Madrid with Cristiano Ronaldo. Chelsea need that superstar scorer that we had in Didier Drogba.
What about Romelu Lukaku? His form this season has been scintillating and I have no doubt that he easily has the potential to be one of the very best. Bringing him back next season could be very successful, but to be so reliant on a 19-year-old as the first team striker still seems a bit risky.
Chelsea are spoilt in the goalkeeping department with both Petr Cech and the young Thibaut Courtois on the books, and the decision there is just which goalkeeper do they play?
Cheslea's defense in recent years looks a shadow of the 04/05 season's, with no sign of reaching the unbelievable record of John Terry and William Gallas at the back, conceding only 15 goals that season.
With John Terry aging, Branislav Ivanovic looking less and less convincing, Gary Cahill not living up to full expectations and David Luiz not yet fulfilling his potential, Chelsea need another dominant centre back. The man I see most fit for the job is Borrussia Dortmand's
Mats Hummels. The German international has all the characteristics to be a great player, albeit probably with a sizable price tag at the moment. He is quick, great in the air, and dominant - something Chelsea need at the back these days. Given time, Hummels and Luiz could conjure up a great future partnership.
In terms of fullbacks; Chelsea need to worry. With Cesar Azpilicueta performing well recently, and Ryan Bertrand looking keen to fill Ashley Cole's boots.
The only other position I think Chelsea could benefit from reinforcement in is the defensive midfield position. I think John Obi Mikel still has potential to improve and become a solid first team player, but for me, Ramires simply isn't good enough defensively for this level.
Marouane Fellaini, or Chelsea's home grown Nathaniel Chalobah, currently on loan at Watford are good alternatives. Fellaini is no doubt a great player and he also has the attacking prowess which Chelsea will no doubt lose with Frank Lampard in the coming season or two.
Chalobah would be a considerably cheaper option, and with financial fair play coming into play soon, his home-grown quality would be welcomed. He is only 17 though with a lot to learn, so he looks like more of a long-term option despite his immense potential. There are also a couple of other options close to home as well, with Oriol Romeu still showing potential, despite being a little rough around the edges, and the smaller, nimbler Josh Mceachran, although he looks more comfortable a little further up the pitch.
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