The writing on the wall was very clear from the second half of the 2014-15 season of the English Premier League when Chelsea just managed to drag itself over the finishing line to win its first EPL title in five years. The victories became hard fought and post match analysis of Chelsea’s performances by football pundits also became dull and disappointing. Chelsea’s struggles started becoming evident with a dip in performances of key players like Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas, which should have set alarm bells ringing loud enough for Jose Mourinho to prepare his title defence the following season. Yet Chelsea find themselves in an unenviable position as they fight to recuperate from their worst ever start to an EPL season after 8 games since 1978-79. A below par summer transfer window, where Chelsea failed to secure the services of targets John Stones and Paul Pogba, was followed by a poor pre-season campaign, where Chelsea won just one match. […]