Although this current English Premier League season isn't over yet and the next one is still three-and-a-half months away, it's never too early to start speculating on a Chelsea starting XI.
There are many variables and a number of things that will happen between between now and August, but probably the most talked about one which will affect any potential starting lineup is a replacement for interim manager Rafael Benitez.
Although not a certainty quite yet, its looks like Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho—Jose Mario dos Santos Mourinho Felix for those of you looking to pick up some extra Scrabble points—will be coming to Stamford Bridge this summer to do his best royal blue messiah impersonation.
And with reports rumoring "The Special One" wants to bring a high-profile striker like Atletico Madrid's Radamel Falcao or Borussia Dortmund's Robert Lewandowski to Stamford Bridge with him, Chelsea fans can't help but be a little giddy despite the somewhat disappointing and challenging season.
Anyway, here's a potential Blues starting XI under the assumption Mourinho and Falcao come to West London and continue to employ their 4-2-3-1 tactical formation, although a 4-2-2-2 might suit Chelsea better if Fernando Torres, Demba Ba, Romelu Lukaku and Falcao should somehow surprisingly all end up on the same roster.