With all of the big questions now answered with Chelsea's Premier League-record 69-game season finally over, now is the perfect time to speculate on what might have gone differently for the European champions if a couple of disparate moves were made early on by management.
Ending the season with one piece of silverware (Europa League trophy) and UEFA Champions League qualification might not seem like a great accomplishment to some, but becoming the first European club to win the Champions and Europa League trophies in reverse order was no small feat for the Blues.
And by finishing third in the English Premier League and earning a berth in the lucrative Champions League, Chelsea also avoided an August playoff it would have needed to win to advance directly to the tournament's group stage.
So, all is well at Stamford Bridge...for the time being.
Before something controversial happens—and we all know controversy, be it real or contrived, is waiting right around the next corner—let's toss out a couple of rhetorical "what ifs" and see if they may have made a difference in the Blues' current status.