Chelsea could well be celebrating a Premier League title in May of next year.
However, it will certainly not be easy for Jose Mourinho and his Blues squad as they go in search of No.1 status once again.
Mourinho has a pool of talent at his disposal. There's no doubting that the Blues have one of the greatest midfields in Europe and in addition to a world-class keeper and reliable defence, Mourinho's men are more than equipped to make a real go of things this season.
Anything but a title at the end of the season will be deemed as a failure. But there is one thing missing in his side. Since the departure of Didier Drogba at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea haven't had a world class striker in their ranks.
Unfortunately for Mourinho, Fernando Torres and Samuel Eto'o's world class days are now behind them, Demba Ba has never quite been at that standard and Romelu Lukaku, who has been shipped out on loan, may one day prove to be a world class asset - but isn't the full package just yet.
Mourinho certainly tried to sign a world-class striker in the summer. The Portuguese tactician made Wayne Rooney his top target - but ultimately failed to bring the Manchester United star to Stamford Bridge.
So, without a world class striker in their ranks, will Chelsea fail in their bid to bring the Premier League title back to London?
Even without a star striker, Mourinho's side have more than enough about them to win the league this year, but had Chelsea secure the services of a striker good enough to score 30+ goals this season, then they may well have walked this year's race.
If Wayne Rooney had arrived at Stamford Bridge, then there's no doubt he would have bagged plenty in the blue of Chelsea.
The service a top striker would get from the likes of Oscar, Frank Lampard, Juan Mata, Willian and co would have put Chelsea far and above their rivals and almost untouchable at the top.
Many have predicted that this season will be one of the closest title races of all-time, but had Mourinho got his hands on one of the world's most lethal strikers, then there's no doubt that he would be celebrating another Premier League title at the end of the season.
But, Mourinho will have to make do with what he's got and he will have to hope that between his midfield and his not so world-class strikers, his side have enough fire power to overcome their rivals this season.
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