Not even the most ardent supporter would have backed Chelsea to mount a serious title challenge in 2022-23 following a tempestuous few months at the back end of last season and an unhappy pre-season.
Equally, few would have expected fan-favourite head coach Thomas Tuchel to be sacked just one month and seven games into the new campaign, with the club toiling in seventh place in the Premier League following consecutive away defeats to Leeds and Southampton. A humiliating loss to Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League proved to be the final straw.
If life comes at you fast, then football comes at you faster.
Graham Potter has now been installed at the helm, an appointment that is exciting and unsettling in equal measure - especially given the club could swiftly slip into crisis mode if they do not find some form, with recent history dictating that Chelsea are prone to capitulating every few seasons.
But if the new ownership are to be believed, Potter will be given the necessary time to imprint his philosophy on the squad and turn their fortunes around.
Despite his burgeoning reputation, Potter has his work cut out, with his first game in charge - a 1-1 draw with Red Bull Salzburg at Stamford Bridge - offering few insights into what is to come and providing little reassurance that things will change.
The postponement of Chelsea's two most recent league matches should, however, have provided Potter time to implement some of his ideas and get a good look at his squad.
So, how do you assess the tumultuous opening weeks of the campaign? Who have the (few) standout performers been, who does Potter need to whip into shape and what does the short-term future hold for the Blues?
GOAL takes a look below...