The previous year was not a good time for Chelsea fans.
It was not one of our more successful years as the Blues ended their previous season with an empty trophy cabinet. The start to their new season under Villas-Boas' regime looked shaky.
Firstly, our biggest acquisition to date, Fernando Torres, had a horrid year at southwest London while captain fantastic, John Terry, was embroiled in a racial controversy.
But there were also many things to cheer about, from the arrival of the sensational Juan Mata to the superb youngster Daniel Sturridge.
In the following few slides, we take a photographic look back into Chelsea's journey in 2011.