Believe it or not, Chelsea have already completed a rare treble and it was concluded just over a fortnight before Jose Mourinho returned for his second stint as manager.
With Rafa Benitez guiding the Blues to a 2-1 success in the Europa League final over Benfica, Chelsea became only the fourth side, and the first from England, to lift the trophy in all three of UEFA’s major club competitions, following Ajax, Bayern Munich and Juventus.
In terms of same-season trophies. Mourinho completed the Premier League and League Cup double in his first Chelsea campaign, while Carlo Ancelotti was responsible for the first league and FA Cup double in the history of the club in 2010.
However, if Mourinho wants a record entirely to himself then the monster treble of the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League remains up for grabs.
It is 40/1 with bwin that this treble is achieved and a mighty 66/1 that the League Cup is additionally added to ensure a jaw-dropping quadruple.
What he will need to complete such a task is a squad that is together, fully behind Mourinho’s specific style and massively flexible in terms of strategy, positions and formations.
One criticism of Manchester City in their latest Premier League defeat to Arsenal was that once David Silva was prevented from receiving possession, turning at defenders and picking out killer passes, they were massively short of ideas.
Chelsea are five points ahead of their leading Premier League title rivals and also ahead in the sense that they have a regularly-used plan B.
The normal set-up involves the attack-minded Cesc Fabregas playing in one of the two deeper central-midfield positions, which allows playmaker Oscar to start behind Diego Costa in attack.
But in the bigger games Oscar tends to be dropped, Fabregas moves into the number-ten role and then Jon Obi Mikel joins Nemanja Matic in protecting the back four.
They also have options out wide, with Willian more hard-working, composed in possession in tight areas and likely to drift infield to give Chelsea control in the central areas.
As an alternative, Andre Schurrle is more of a goal-scoring threat with his urges to sprint on the diagonal in behind the opposing central defenders and remain higher up the pitch.
Meanwhile, Loic Remy can offer more pace in attack and Ramires is more of a box-to-box midfield option if Mourinho just requires plenty of energy.
The one squad component that Mourinho arguably doesn’t have is a really attacking full-back and although Juan Cuadrado is naturally a winger, it is this versatility that has previously seen him start occasionally in defence for Fiorentina that must interest the Portuguese.
Mourinho regularly started William Gallas at full-back in his first Chelsea stint and in Branislav Ivanovic and Cesar Azpilicueta now, he has again opted for full-backs that defend well first.
Ivanovic deserves huge compliments for the way he has adapted to his right-back role and can regularly be seen stationed in a high starting position and receiving possession in the final third.
In fact, the Serbian has touched the ball in opposing penalty boxes more than any other Premier League defender this season, had the most goal attempts and is third to Leighton Baines and Kieran Trippier in terms of the chances created.
However, the area where Ivanovic falls most short of this pair is in terms of the crosses he puts into the box, which is a surprise given that Chelsea have the ideal target man in Costa.
Furthermore, despite all of his attacking thrust, Ivanovic has only supplied three assists for teammates, even though Chelsea are the Premier League’s top scorers with 51 goals through 22 matches.
Where Ivanovic is also limited is in the skill department, which is no surprise given he was bought by Chelsea as a central defender.
The 30-year-old rarely tries to beat a man, instead looking for a simple pass inside or rolling the ball back to a more technically-gifted colleague if presented with a one-on-one situation in the final third.
Cuadrado’s agent is already said to be in London to meet with Chelsea representatives ahead of a £27m switch and a price of 5/1 that he will be a Blues’ player by February 3rd looks generous.
Only Toni Kroos ended the last World Cup with more assists than Cuadrado, albeit from a more advanced position on the right flank, while he was by a distance the most frequent dribbler in Serie A in 2013/14, completing 118 of them.
Chelsea utilising Cuadrado as a winger isn’t out of the question either, but it is unlikely that Mourinho will pick two direct wide forwards in tandem who like to dribble and Eden Hazard has to be classed as undroppable.
The Colombian isn’t the sharpest shooter either and is fairly wasteful in front of goal. Of all of the players in Serie A this season to have scored at least three times, only Fabio Quagliarella has a worse conversion rate than Cuadrado. This would go against Mourinho’s demand for efficiency.
Spending £27m on a squad rotation player goes to show just how strong Chelsea are at present and Cuadrado would clearly be a more useful squad asset than Mohamed Salah, who has found first-team opportunities hard to come by at Stamford Bridge.
There is a strong feeling that Chelsea only recruited Salah from Basel to prevent rivals Liverpool completing such a deal and now they are happy to offload him to make room for Cuadrado.
A move to Roma where the Egyptian can compete for a wide berth with Gervinho, Juan Iturbe, Adem Ljajic and Alessandro Florenzi appears the most likely at present, primarily on loan with the option of a permanent switch in the summer.
Despite playing in the Europa League for Fiorentina this season, Cuadrado would be permitted to play in the Champions League and he would be a positive substitute for the final 20 minutes of a game that Chelsea may be chasing.
Don’t expect him to be a regular starter and for Mourinho to desert the starting line-up that has got the Blues this far this season, but Cuadrado will certainly have a contribution to make.