Jose Mourinho failed to win a trophy on his return to Chelsea this season - but the Special One could’ve told you that was going to happen last summer.
The Portuguese swept back into Stamford Bridge for the 2013-14 campaign after a six-year exodus to the delight of the Blues faithful.
Mourinho’s trademark charisma and swagger was clearly still there, however the question was could he repeat his instant previous success in SW6?
He declared himself the Happy One, but it was a rarity to find Mourinho smiling this season as he waged war with the FA, match officials and opposition managers.
The fines soon racked up and he re-opened his feud with Arsene Wenger, labelling the Arsenal manager a ‘specialist in failure’ in one particularly explosive press conference.
Chelsea thrashed Wenger’s side 6-0 at home in the Frenchman’s 1,000th game in charge of the club. It’s safe to say Mourinho enjoyed spoiling that party.
While the demolition of the Gunners was the most eye-catching result, perhaps the Blues’ most impressive came at eventual champions Manchester City.
Setting up his team to nullify the attacking threat of free-scoring City, the Chelsea boss oversaw a 1-0 win to give his side hope of winning the title.
But while everyone else was getting carried away, Mourinho never publicly expressed the belief that his side would finish top of the pile.
“The title race is between two horses and a little horse that needs milk and needs to learn how to jump,” he said. “Maybe next season we can race.”
In the end, he was spot on. City won the league by holding their nerve on the final day to pip Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool, who collapsed in the last four games.
Why did Chelsea fall short?
Their failure can be traced back to last summer and Mourinho’s protracted pursuit of Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.
United were not prepared to do business despite Chelsea’s repeated attempts to lure the England striker to London and the Blues had to resort to Plan B.
Plan B was the signing of Samuel Eto’o from Anzhi Makhachkala.
The Cameroon international boasts a great CV but is past his best. That much has been clear this season, barring a few notable performances at the Bridge.
He won’t be playing for the club again next term and could be followed out the door by Fernando Torres and Demba Ba.
Atletico Madrid powerhouse Diego Costa looks set to be the man to lead the line next year. Belgian hotshot Romelu Lukaku could also offer an another option following his successful loan spell at Everton.
Costa and Madrid broke Chelsea hearts in the Champions League, knocking them out at the semi-final stage, but all would be forgiven if he leads them to glory next year.
A deal is already believed to be in place and should be announced before this summer's World Cup.
This was the first time the Blues have ended a campaign without a trophy since the 2010-11 season, reaching the fifth round in both the FA Cup and League Cup.
But there’s plenty to give supporters hope for a big haul next year and the news that John Terry will be coming along for the ride is one of the best pieces of business Chelsea will do this summer.
Roll on 2014-15!