Chelsea is a managerial merry-go-round, so nobody ever expected them to go experience the end of an era.
Both Arsenal and Manchester United have shown how difficult it is to transition away from a messianic leader. Roman Abramovic was Chelsea’s cult of personality, and he left suddenly and quickly.
It’s still too early to say how badly their form will be affected, but this season is one of change for Chelsea.
With inexperienced new owner Todd Boehly overzealous to establish himself, the failings of Chelsea could come to the fore.
They began the season with two wins, but the signs are there that not all is well at Stamford Bridge. Thomas Tuchel’s frantic emotion during the Tottenham game belied a man under pressure.
The blues have made good signings in Sterling and Cucurella, but still look incomplete in attack. One would assume Chelsea, who can recruit whichever player they want, are capable of putting a good transfer strategy in place, even with new ownership.
However, this isn’t the case, and Chelsea have rarely had a good transfer strategy. They need a striker and they need defenders. The club has in recent years made money on the sales of Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori and Marc Guehi.
Those are three young homegrown players who would look pretty good in the Chelsea squad right now. Considering they are also paying Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku (who they spent a combined £140 million on) to return to the clubs they bought them from, the situation is even more ridiculous.
The club gets a lot of credit for changing the manager often while remaining successful. However the truth is they ought to be even more successful than they are. Even with the emergence of Manchester City, Chelsea have had the resources to dominate English football. They should at least be competing for the title more regularly than they are.
For the past 15 years, the club has thrown stuff at the wall and seen what sticks. If Todd Boehly is as incompetent as their rivals hope, they may not even have a wall to throw things at anymore.