The unpredictably of football can be viewed, in microcosm, with a quick look at Chelsea’s year.
They drew huge praise for their performances in 2014/15 to the point that you could hardly find a pundit anywhere who was willing to back against them to retain their title at the start of this campaign.
Alas, things have gone decidedly south for Jose Mourinho and his men.
Any team that contains Fabregas, Willian, Costa, Hazard and Courtois should be doing far better than this.
So we can’t help but surmise that others things have been going on behind the scenes that have contributed to the on-pitch problems.
The Eva Carneiro debacle is the obvious one and, although it was way too easy (and wrong) for the media to suggest sexist undertones to Jose’s behaviour, any man worth his salts would realise that he needs to tweak his attitude if he wants to be remembered fondly by the football fraternity.
He’s fallen out with Real Madrid and now Chelsea, twice! But he does retain the love and support of most Chelsea fans and he will aways have a place in their hearts, wherever he goes next.
He is still a football genius and he will surely succeed in his next project. But now it’s time for Guus Hiddink who did a great job last time he was at the club.
And 2016 will surely signal a return to the top echelons of the game for Chelsea.
Here is our stab at their best team of 2015.