Since the return of Jose Mourinho, there has been much speculation over the future of certain players at the club. Now that the Blues have secured a new striker in Samuel Eto'o, what is Chelsea's best team?
The number of talented players they have means it's extremely hard to pick a best XI and this article will inevitably leave out some very good players.
Formation - 4-3-3
GK: Petr Cech
The Czech Republic international has been the club's number one since Mourinho first joined the club in 2004 after taking the place of Carlo Cudicini between the posts.
Cech may not be as good as he was back in 2004, but the experience he has gained and the trophies he has won have helped the goalkeeper continue in his role unchallenged.
RB: Branislav Ivanovic
Ivanovic has been a success in west London since he joined the club in 2008.
The Serbian can play right-back or centre-back if needed. He is strong, quick and can score goals. Although Spaniard Cesar Azpilicueta played a lot of games in the right-back position last season, it seems Mourinho favours Ivanovic and has played the Chelsea number two in all three games so far this season.
CB: John Terry
Terry has been impressive so far this season, partnering Gary Cahill at the back. The 32-year-old centre-back has looked fit and ready during play.
Already a huge favourite of Mourinho and a great defender on his day, the Chelsea club captain will keep his position until he gets injured.
CB: Gary Cahill
The England international is currently proving himself as England's next top central defender after his move from Bolton in January 2012.
Cahill is athletic, a great tackler and he can also fire a ball at goal when called upon. His potential is clear to see and the partnership with Terry forms a strong duo at the back - something Mourinho is known to like.
LB: Ashley Cole
Cole is still the best left-back at the club and possibly in the league, so if he's fit then expect him to start every game, perhaps minus the Capital One Cup.
After being left out of Brazil's Confederations Cup squad, Ramires had the summer to rest. It seems to have done him a lot of good as the Brazilian looks fit and ready in the defensive midfield position.
The 26-year-old has been strong in the tackle and positionally sound in Chelsea's first three games. His energy levels help the ageing Frank Lampard to focus on going forward but the Chelsea number seven is not bad in front of goal himself.
RCM: Frank Lampard
The veteran midfielder was supposedly going to be used sparingly according to Mourinho but we can all assume that as long as Lampard is scoring and creating goals, he will be playing week-in-week-out in this Chelsea side.
He may be 35-years-old but Chelsea's all-time top goalscorer has a huge amount of experience and will contribute more than people expect, as usual.
AM: Juan Mata
Mata, if he regains his place, will play a floating role, much like the role Oscar is currently playing in games.
The little Spaniard still has a future at Chelsea but now that competition for places has increased, he will have to prove his worth to another new manager.
The 21-year-old Brazilian has a bright future ahead and is already a clear favourite of Mourinho.
Oscar can play as an attacking midfielder or a wide player. At the moment he currently plays just ahead of the midfield, floating across the opponent's back line.
LF: Eden Hazard
Although he is not an actual 'forward', Hazard plays within a front-three. He sits in the wide position and drags opponents out of position in order for him team mates to get more space.
The Chelsea number 17 is the hottest prospect amongst many talented youngsters and his creative abilities are outstanding to watch.
ST: Samuel Eto'o
Eto'o has played his Anzhi career in attacking midfield but the 32-year-old can still find the net.
He still possesses a burst of pace and is a competent finisher. Eto'o may be the type of striker who Mourinho sees as suiting the new Chelsea system but if he does not succeed, there are three strikers waiting to prove themselves.
Substitutes - Mark Schwarzer, Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz, John Obi Mikel, Andre Schurrle, Willian, Romelu Lukaku.
Of course, this is just a 'potential' squad. Left-out: Fernando Torres, Demba Ba, Victor Moses, Michael Essien, Ryan Bertrand, Marco van Ginkel.
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