It's something that's become more than just a coincidence at all of his previous clubs that it now just seems like something of a necessity: Jose Mourinho does not like big squads.
The evidence lies with the fact that Chelsea have already loaned out over 20 players for the new season, with many still yet to find a suitable destination.
Obviously, Mourinho authorised the departures of out-of-favour duo Florent Malouda and Yossi Benayoun, as well as releasing reserve goalkeeper Ross Turnbull. But the only sale to date has been Jeffrey Bruma, who returned to his native Holland with PSV Eindhoven for £2.5 million.
And so, we came to the conclusion that some more players could find themselves in danger of being shown the door at Stamford Bridge.
Come with us to find out who they are.