Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has made significant improvements to a star-studded squad at Stamford Bridge over the last 14 months, producing moments that have made claims the Blues lack the style to match their substance look ridiculous.
Mourinho came agonisingly close to lifting silverware in his first full season back in the Chelsea hotseat, but came up just short in the Premier League and bowed out at the semi-final stage of the Champions League.
There's no question that Chelsea have improved considerably since Mourinho decided he had unfinished business in West London though, with their blistering start to the season proof the Blues are a force that demands respect once again.
Last season laid the foundations
In truth if Chelsea had a ruthless striker last season they may well have ended up with silverware, perhaps let down by faith in Fernando Torres in particular when it really mattered most.
Mourinho knew he had the basis for a top team already at his disposal though, one that needed a few tweaks to give it the unstoppable feel his first Chelsea vintage had. Chelsea's first signing of 2014 helped deliver exactly that, an inspired deal which brought midfield enforcer Nemanja Matic back to the Bridge.
Signings have made Chelsea clear title favourites
Chelsea's stride towards the position of favourites to win the Premier League has largely been produced thanks to a string of clever moves in transfer market, with Matic setting the tone for the club's summer business.
The Blues spent £35 million on Diego Costa in a move which has given Mourinho the killer in the final third he wanted so desperately, while equally important has been the return of Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
Throw the form of Eden Hazard into the mix and despite being a barren year in terms of trophy return its still been a memorable one for Chelsea fans, with five top moments in our countdown well worth visiting. Do just that by clicking ahead now...