This will be remembered, no doubt, as the Summer of Crazy Squad numbers. Eden Hazard goes from 17 to 10. Mohamed Salah goes from 15 to 17 to accommodate Didier Drogba. Victor Moses was pushed from 13 to 18 by Thibaut Courtois. And, for a moment, everything seemed settled.
Until today! Three days before kickoff, we've had another shakeup, and it's thanks to Drogba again. The Ivorian, of course, is best known for wearing 11, and it turns out he wanted it badly enough to take it off the incumbent, Oscar, who will now wear Frank Lampard's old number 8.
Yes, that means Didier Drobga has managed to have two squad numbers in three weeks without playing an official game yet. And he's forced two incumbents to vacate their kits. Well done Didier.
Supporters who bought a Drogba 15 kit -- or indeed any of the changed numbers (I hear Moses 13 was a big seller -- will be allowed to exchange them, with proof of purchase, for new ones as long as they were bought through Chelsea. For more details on how that will work, check out the official site.