To be a successful football club in any era, the need has always been for world class players with a manager to suit.
In the modern era, it remains a prerequisite, of course. But now, more than ever, the role of sports science and technology are just as important and with their state-of-the-art training ground—located in the leafy village of Cobham in the heart of the Surrey countryside—Chelsea are among the clubs leading the way.
Officially opened in 2007, Chelsea's training ground boasts a host of cutting-edge features, with the main building covered in a sedum grass roof that blends it into the local surroundings.
Biometric fingerprint-recognition technology greets the players as they enter the main building, while the surrounding moat reflects natural light into the basement where the gym resides.
Three Premier League trophies and Champions League victory in 2012—among other successes—attest to the Blues' commitment to remain among the Premier League and Europe's elite.
The club's training facility has everything and more to not only support a player of the modern age, but also to ensure they are prepped and ready to continue the club's success.
José Mourinho has returned to the club as manager this summer, with Premier League domination firmly on the Portuguese's agenda. And as you will find out from Bleacher Report's guided tour of Cobham, Chelsea have far more than some world class players up their sleeve to assist Mourinho in achieving his goal.
Garry Hayes is Bleacher Report's lead Chelsea correspondent, and will be following the club from a London base throughout the 2013-14 season. Follow him on Twitter here: @garryhayes