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The 2011-12 season was a strange one for Chelsea. The next one should follow suit, but for different reasons.
Rockstar manager Andre Villas-Boas started the previous campaign but couldn't finish it, becoming the victim of owner Roman Abramovich's lightning-fast trigger finger.
With AVB gone, assistant Roberto Di Matteo moved into the hotseat and promptly thrived by being the consummate players' manager. Di Matteo's relaxed style allowed Chelsea's veterans to thrive, and they rewarded him with FA Cup and Champions League titles in May.
After heavy speculation and extensive flirting with external candidates, Abramovich gave Di Matteo the full-time job. Di Matteo promptly secured full access to the company credit card.
Uber-transfer-target Eden Hazard joined for big bucks, joining the already-signed Marko Marin in Chelsea's high-priced new midfield.
Brazilian attacker Oscar then joined in July, followed by another Hazard, but even with the increased firepower, replacing talismanic striker Didier Drogba will be difficult. The Ivorian departed for China not long after the Champions League final, leaving Romelu Lukaku to shoulder the burden as Chelsea's main target man.
Or will Lukaku go out on loan?
Spanish forward Fernando Torres is still around, and if he can rediscover his scoring touch, Chelsea could be a dangerous team this season.
Actually, they might not need him. With all the new signings, the Blues are already looking scary.
With the FA Cup and Champions League in the bag already, could a renewed league assault (last league title: 2009-10) be next?