Ever since Jose Mourinho won back-to-back Premier League titles at Chelsea, things have not been the same at the club.
Although I believe Chelsea played perfectly with Mourinho in his first two seasons in charge at Stamford Bridge, the Portuguese tactician left West London after a poor run of results.
The remaining part of the Chelsea story until now is well-known to the public. Avram Grant was sacked despite bringing good results and Luiz Felipe Scolari's reign was plagued by Roman Abramovich's sudden "stinginess".
Chelsea clearly paid for their no-cash policy and the consequences for the club's new system was not particularly stunning.
The Blues' big-spending ever since Abramovich bought the club turned the club from one that relies on developing talent into one that buys the most talented players in the world. Such a system cannot be changed overnight.
But that problem—although it is a major one—was not solely responsible for The Blues' drop of form.
The club and the squad alike could not manage to deal with the fact that the charismatic Mourinho and his system that was greatly triumphant, has left for good.
Everyone could feel that, although Scolari is a world-class manager, the seat was somehow empty. The bench needed to be warmed not by a special one, but by the "Special One" himself.
Mourinho's system clearly influenced the Grant era. The Israeli coach fielded Mourinho's preferred 4-3-3 formation with the same players.
And when Scolari stepped in to fill the void, the pressure was too enormous for him to handle it.
Leave Scolari Alone!
Luiz Felipe Scolari is a winner. His time at Chelsea was not particularly pleasing, but his record is nothing short of excellent.
The Brazilian team he guided to World Cup glory in 2002 was one of the worst sides ever fielded by Brazil.
With the usually under-achieving Portugal, Scolari was a king. And back home in Brazil, the Brazilian coach has done a lot.
The problem was that he was promised to be given a chance to reshape the system—which is the right thing to do—but he was never given the necessary money.
After acquiring the services of Deco and Jose Bosingwa, he asked for a creative attacking midfielder. His first-choice was Robinho.
Robinho then went to Manchester City on deadline-day and Chelsea did not buy any players, neither in the summer nor in January.
He may have not done very well adapting to life in England and his substitutions and tactics were short of the "special" spark Mourinho had in his time at the Bridge, but Scolari is not the one to blame for The Blues' slump.
Guus Hiddink is definitely a superb manager and he has brought hope along with his arrival to Stamford Bridge.
But most importantly, Hiddink has hinted that he plans to play a classic 4-4-2 in the future. Whether he stays or leaves at the end of May is yet to be seen, but Hiddink has already made instant impact with his philosophical approach to the game.
He plans to field a better team with a new system; just what Chelsea need to revive their place as one of the best sides in England and Europe!
In managing a football club, it is all about the personal the unique fingerprint a manager can bring into the pitch.
Chelsea's supporters are eager for a new beginning for success and look on with hope that a better day will come in which they will be enjoying the sweet taste of success and applauding their players as they lift precious silverware.
A new approach, a new formation, new ideas, and a new mentality signal the beginning of hope and revival for Chelsea as The Blues look to reshape tomorrow.