In the last weeks of summer, when the Premier League's start was just around the corner, there was no doubt that many backed Chelsea to come out on top.
Jose 'the Special One' Mourinho had returned to the club whom he had led to two consecutive Premier League titles, and in the year where Manchester United had lost their greatest ever manager, a Chelsea legend had returned to the helm.
Adding to this excitement were some very interesting transfers, including the promising André Schürrle, the poaching of the excellent Willian from the hands of Tottenham, and the world-class striker Samuel Eto'o who would provide competition for Fernando Torres, whose improving form last season was in itself something to raise the hopes of Blues' fans.
However, it is now over a month and a half into the new season and Mourinho's have failed to impress.
Chelsea currently sit third in the table, which of course is not terrible but when one looks at the games in which they have dropped points, it is clear that they lack the class and the temperament to be sitting top come May next year.
Chelsea have failed to win any of their three games against big clubs so far. They were held to a lacklustre goalless draw at Old Trafford, lost away at Everton and could only muster a 1-1 draw with Tottenham, a side who were torn apart by West Ham at the weekend.
In order to win the Premier League, you have to be able to win key matches like these and Mourinho must surely be aware of this. The only teams that look capable of doing this so far have been Manchester City and Arsenal.
The main part of the problem with Chelsea is their strikers. What looked be a fearsome trio of Ba, Eto'o and Torres has fallen completely flat, scoring only two goals between the three of them so far.
This attacking malaise could have been easily avoided. Mourinho already had in his possession the perfect counter-balance for his experienced but ageing offensive squad - Romelu Lukaku.
But for some inconceivable reason, the Portuguese manager let him out on loan to rivals Everton in the dying hours of the transfer window. Lukaku has already scored four goals for the Toffees and will undoubtedly be a contender for the Golden Boot this season.
Without young talent like this, Mourinho's squad will have to concede the fight for the title this season, and start worrying about their place in Europe instead.
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