So much silly money was paid ever since Roman Abramovich completed his takeover of Chelsea.
Claudio Ranieri and Jose Mourinho spent half a billion pounds, but the side Avram Grant left for Luiz Felipe Scolari is frankly not world-class. But Scolari was promised cash to make his side better.
The deal that took Jose Bosingwa from Porto to Stamford Bridge was made before Scolari took over at Chelsea. This means that Scolari's only acquisition was Deco who was bought for £8m.
So the cash that Scolari was promised turned out to be £8m, while Mourinho spent £20m on Shaun Wright-Phillips!
Then why the slop?
Scolari might not be doing a dazzling job, but the injuries of Deco and Joe Cole has made it hard for the team to find their balance and form.
Chelsea do have a good team, but the expectations are too high with injury-prone players on the pitch and low quality players on the bench.
Salomon Kalou is not up to the standard and class of a Champions League contender. While needless to say, Florent Malouda is a major flop.
Meanwhile, Didier Drogba's heart does not seem to be at The Bridge.
How can Chelsea and Barcelona both want to win the Champions League? Even Hleb can't find a place in the Barca first-team!
The board and fans shouldn't expect to see great results unless they show Scolari the money.
Surely the credit crunch has affected the football clubs. But with the sale of Wayne Bridge, Chelsea should spend or may suffer more this season.
However, The Mirror reckons Chelsea and Scolari have already "agreed" that there will be no spending in January.