Chelsea have spent handsomely this summer to ensure that the club does not suffer the embarrassment of finishing in sixth place once again.
The arrivals of Eden Hazard, Marko Marin and Oscar make the Blues a much better side than they were last season, but there was one notable departure a couple months ago that fans should remember when speculating about the club's fortunes this year.
After winning the Champions League for Chelsea with his last professional kick for the club, Didier Drogba moved on to Shanghai Shenua on a free transfer, following eight years of spectacular service for Chelsea.
With Fernando Torres and Daniel Sturridge the only true strikers left at the club, the team might struggle a bit more than you might think without the services of the dependable Ivorian.
Here are eight reasons why.