André Schürrle was the one who really hammered it home during his transfer last summer, but today's young stars are part of a generation who have not known world football without Chelsea as one of its "big" teams, one of its superpowers.
Take Oscar, for example, our second-youngest regular starter. He's 23. Chelsea and Jose Mourinho were winning things when he was just entering his impressionable teen years and starting to form worthwhile thoughts. Those thoughts, when he looked at Chelsea from across the ocean in Brazil, were often about Didier Drogba.
"Ah Didier - he is fantastic. Fantastic player, fantastic person, and I am so happy he is a part of the team,"
"He speaks before the game for the attacking players. He wants to score every game. He wants to score and to help with the game."
"I see it (Drogba's goals) on the TV when I was young, and we now play together. He speaks not just with me, but with the attacking players."
"He scored so many goals for Chelsea. He pushes so much the young players."
"At this level - he is fantastic. I like him so much."
-Oscar; source: Get West London
I mean, at this rate Didier might have to take out a restraining order against the
man boy 13 years his junior.