It's the usual story for Chelsea again this year.
New manager, new big-money signings and new problems.
Another midseason "crisis" and an apparent revival. With the worst seemingly over, Chelsea will want to kick on and get back to their best but this doesn't necessarily mean spending the earth.
Let's look at five reasons why the Blues can keep a cap on the spending but get a hold on the Premier League trophy.
With Torres still struggling to find his form, Chelsea's goalscoring seemed to fall squarely on Daniel Sturridge's young shoulders.
In recent games, however, Didier Drogba has shown glimpses of his best in his last few appearances.
On his day Drogba strikes fear in to the hearts of any central defender and if he can keep up his form Chelsea should have no problem scoring goals.
Recent footage of Lucas Piazon embarrassing the Arsenal Youth defence has been shown all over the Internet.
There has been a wave of anticipation around Chelsea waiting for this young Brazilian's 18th birthday.
Due to Visa issues Piazon is not eligible to play for the senior squad until January 20th. But if videos of his skills and praise from highly respected footballers are anything to go by, he could be another cog in AVB's "beautiful" football machine.
It's almost as if a lot of the football world has forgotten that one of the most talented and consistent mid-fielders in the Premier League still plays for Chelsea.
Essien has been out of action since preseason training for this year's campaign but is set to return at the end of January.
If he can come back and be the same huge presence in midfield he has been for years, then that is going to make Chelsea's core look a lot more impressive.
With a lot of Chelsea's problems this year coming from a leaky defence, a lot of fans are calling for the days where scoring at Stamford Bridge was nearly impossible.
These were the days that Claude Makalele marshaled the gap between midfield and defence.
John Obi Mikel has filled in as his replacement but his shaky performances and trademark sideways passing has done little to impress the Chelsea fans.
These fans will have been delighted then to see a little known Spanish 20-year-old powerhouse taking up this position in recent games.
With a string of impressive performances, he makes the whole team look a lot more solid and fluid from defence to midfield.
It is very hard to make a case for Mikel to get back in the team.
Chelsea have never been famed for their amazing youth policy, but in recent seasons a lot of very exciting young stars have begun showing their talents.
Players like Josh McEachran, Ryan Bertrand, Gael Kakuta and Daniel Sturridge have shown vast improvements and with more game time, they could play in any team in the Premier League.