It’s been one of the biggest summer’s in recent history for Chelsea with the second coming of The Special One, the well needed clear-out of dead wood at the club, and the arrival of a couple of big names, such as Andre Schurrle, Willian and Samuel Eto’o.
Although Chelsea have won the FA Cup and have had two years in a row of success in Europe where they have won the Champions League followed by the Europa League, the side haven’t picked up the Premier League title since 2010 – and with the money they have been spending since then that is something to be somewhat ashamed of.
Manchester United have taken two titles and Manchester City have taken one since Chelsea were last champions. Neither of the two Manchester sides have been particularly brilliant in their winning seasons, so that shows the level Chelsea’s league performances has dropped to since they last picked up the crown of being the top team in England.
This season, though, hopes ride higher than ever at Stamford Bridge and after an three games unbeaten, including a well earned stalemate at Old Trafford, Chelsea fans and players will be thinking with the Mourinho back home and the squad they have that this should be their year to return to the pinnacle of English football.
Here we have a look at five key factors that could define the season for Chelsea: