Maurizio Sarri was finally appointed Chelsea boss in July 2018, replacing Antonio Conte who was sacked the day before.
The 60-year-old was coveted for his famous Sarriball at Napoli and impressed the Chelsea board despite having never won a trophy.
And while hindsight is a wonderful thing, Sarri’s appointment has looked dubious at points this season but more so than that has been some of the club’s summer signings.
Brazilian-born Italy international Jorginho joined Chelsea on the same day as Sarri, signing a five-year contract and costing a transfer fee of £50m.
Chelsea’s other senior signing that month was back-up goalkeeper Rob Green, before they were forced into the market following Thibaut Courtois’ move to Real Madrid.
Just days ahead of their Premier League opener away the Blues paid up the release clause of Kepa Arrizabalaga, a highly-promising but relatively unheard of Spanish goalkeeper.
Chelsea stumped up £72m (€80m) to land Kepa from Athletic Bilbao, making him the world’s most expensive goalkeeper just weeks after Liverpool signed Alisson for around £56m from Roma.
Kepa was in goal as Chelsea kicked off their campaign with a 3-0 away win at Huddersfield and went on to keep six clean sheets in the team’s 12-match unbeaten run in the league.