Antonio Conte takes his new Chelsea squad to Austria today for a week-long European training camp.
The Blues head coach arrived in west London on Wednesday and has taken a few training sessions with the team at the club’s Cobham training base.
But he will only really get to know his side over the next few weeks of pre-season football with Saturday’s friendly with Rapid Vienna their opening fixture.
They will then face WAC RZ Pellets on Wednesday before heading to the United States for the International Champions Cup.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool provide the first opposition before further tests against Real Madrid and AC Milan as the anticipation builds ahead of the new season.
The summer months will be key to Conte’s chances of succeeding at Chelsea and he made a good start with an impressive performance in his first press conference.
He passed that test with flying colours but faces plenty more in the days and weeks that will follow.
We’ve drawn up a list of issues Conte that are already weighing down Conte’s in-tray at Stamford Bridge in the immediate aftermath of his unveiling.
Earning Abramovich's trust
Chelsea's calamitous season has led for calls for wholesale changes, but it is clear there can be no quick solution to the problems.
Patience - something rarely seen under Roman Abramovich's ownership - is required now.
Jose Mourinho wanted to build a dynasty, but the "palpable discord" between manager and players, to use technical director Michael Emenalo's words, was a fracture in relations which could not be repaired. Conte must be given time to build a team.
John Terry's role
John Terry in May signed another one-year contract extension - his third - after six months of uncertainty. Terry, at 35, cannot continue forever and Conte must fill the void in defence and leadership.
There is also the question of power and respect. Conte will have to acknowledge Terry's considerable influence with supporters and role in the club's history, while Terry must accept that his best days are behind him.
Conte certainly used his Chelsea unveiling to begin addressing this situation and the captain, leader, legend will have been buoyed by what he heard as he was offered assurances over the armband.
But only time will tell how much time he spending leading the team on the pitch as well as the dressing room.
Closing transfer deals
Romelu Lukaku, Kevin de Bruyne, David Luiz, Ryan Bertrand and Petr Cech are some of the players sold who would improve last season's starting XI and cases can be made for others.
Recent signings - Radamel Falcao, for example - did little to redress the balance. The challenge is Chelsea may have to overhaul the team twice in the next two summers as, without Champions League football, it may be difficult to attract the desired players.
So far, they seem to have managed to persuade Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois, Diego Costa and co to stay.
Hazard was Chelsea's leading performer in the 2014-15 Capital One Cup and Premier League successes, but his performance levels dropped alarmingly last term.
A long-standing hip problem provided part of the explanation, but, even prior to that flaring up, the Belgium playmaker did not show signs of improving on his successful campaign.
He is under contract until 2020 and will not be sold - his transfer value must be half what it was last summer - so Conte must find a way of rejuvenating Hazard. There were signs of a return to form with Belgium at Euro 2016.
Building for the future
Terry was the most recent, homegrown graduate to make a sustained first-team impact from the academy, 18 years ago.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been in the first-team squad, but has had limited opportunities.
Dominic Solanke, Lewis Baker and Izzy Brown are among those out who should be given the chance to realise their undoubted potential.
Chelsea's developmental model could be reconfigured to place less emphasis on loans and enhance first-team chances.