The Blues, who romped to the crown under Jose Mourinho last season, still lie in the bottom half of the table but have now moved seven points clear of the relegation zone.
However, their overall poor season may be due to the departures of several stars in recent seasons, with their replacements struggling to meet the standards usually set by the London club.
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Here are the three players the Blues should have kept and the three players that could be shining for Guus Hiddink’s men this term.
Kevin De Bruyne
Mourinho allowed Kevin De Bruyne to leave for German side Wolfsburg in January 2014, with the Belgian international proceeding to star in the Bundesliga.
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Manuel Pellegrini beat interest from Bayern Munich to land the 24-year-old for £55million in August, usurping Argentinean Sergio Aguero as the club’s biggest ever transfer.
He has since been one of the club’s star performers, with his impressive performances leading many to question why Mourinho was so keen to cut short his time in the capital.
De Bruyne could even be the factor that swings the race for the title City’s way, and many supporters have been enviable of the talent he has showcased so far.
In a year where the club had Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto’o as their striking options, Chelsea made the bizarre decision to loan Romelu Lukaku to Everton.
After scoring 16 goals in 33 league games, he transferred to Goodison Park on a permanent basis where he then hit 20 goals across all competitions.
He has since built on those impressive exploits by starring for Roberto Martinez’s team again this term, with the 22-year-old consequently now on Juventus and Manchester United’s radar.
Hiddink has confessed he was unsure why the Blues let him leave given the Belgian international has scored more goals than Diego Costa, Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao.
He may have lost his place in Mourinho’s starting line-up to Thibaut Courtois, but Roman Abramovich’s decision to sell Petr Cech to Arsenal was a grave mistake.
The 33-year-old was granted his wish to sign for Arsene Wenger’s side after 11 trophy-laden years at Stamford Bridge, with the Czech Republican now driving the Gunners’ charge to the title.
His experience has been sorely missed – particularly after the exits of Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard – although Asmir Begovic looks to be a good replacement.
That said the Blues still miss his leadership qualities, and his exit may have been one of the reasons for Mourinho’s bitter departure in December.
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