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Key player: Didier Drogba
Season review: And so, as the Champions League evades Abramovich again another world class manager is thrown onto the scrapheap. It's obscene.
Chelsea's season started so promisingly as they burst out the blocks and netted 21 goals in their opening five league games. However, untimely injuries to star players Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba saw the good form arrested alarmingly as Chelsea suffered the mother of all midseason slumps, which allowed Manchester United to tighten their grip on the League.
Abramovich attempted to solve this with money, splashing out £25 million on defensive recruit David Luiz, a deal which looks every part a good one, as well as a British record £50 million on Fernando Torres, whose one goal since signing has made him look like a very, very expensive bench decoration.
As Drogba and Lampard returned, Chelsea's results picked up, and they soon found themselves back in the title hunt only to be knocked back by Man Utd at Old Trafford in a game which all but killed off the Blues' title aspirations.
Musts for next season: Management is the key here, with Guus Hiddink and Harry Redknapp both being linked to the job. Once that's secured, whoever takes the seat has a huge rebuilding job on their hands. The squad at Stamford Bridge is starting to creak with Drogba, Lampard, Ashley Cole, John Terry, Nicolas Anelka all in their 30s.
Overall rating: 6/10 (Would of been seven but for the ludicrous Torres deal)