A WHOLE 165 days later and nothing has changed for Chelsea.
Frank Lampard's side were once again far too vulnerable at the back as they lost 4-1 in the second leg of their Champions League Last 16 tie against Bayern Munich.
The Blues were hunting a comeback so unlikely that Tom Cruise would have been interested in this Mission Impossible.
And sure enough the faintest of faint hopes were immediately extinguished thanks to a hapless Willy Caballero.
The 38-year-old goalkeeper has been entrusted with the gloves after expensive flop Kepa Arrizabalaga's woeful form.
But he had an opening half to forget in the Allianz Arena.
Caballero brought down Robert Lewandoski and failed to stop the Pole's resulting spot-kick, despite going the right way, after just ten minutes.
Less than 15 minutes later the Argentine was far too easily beaten at his near post by Ivan Perisic.
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It would be unfair to label Caballero as the sole villain in this sorry tale as his defenders went AWOL in Munich with Chelsea shipping FOUR in total.
Truth be told Lampard could do worse than re-jig the whole back five.
But it was a stark reminder for the Blues boss that he must delve deep into his pocket to poach a shot-stopper who will instil confidence at the back.
That is the first step in what is a much-needed defensive overhaul after Chelsea conceded 54 league goals – more than any other side in the Prem's top ten.
After already discarding the world's most expensive keeper, Lampard knew he had issues.
But he must now make a statement signing with Dean Henderson, Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Jan Oblak three prime candidates.
Chelsea must swallow their losses on Kepa and instead snap up the youthful Henderson from Manchester United, ter Stegen from Barcelona or write a blank cheque to secure Oblak from Atletico Madrid.
After David De Gea's own blunder-prone recent form Henderson may fancy his chances of becoming the Red Devils' No1 on his return from Sheffield United next season.
Barca keeper Ter Stegen could yet re-sign at the Nou Camp and the Blues will face plenty of competition for his signature.
Oblak is widely regarded as the best keeper in the world.
And he has the potential to transform the West London side from scraping the top four to becoming genuine title challengers, competing on multiple fronts.
He certainly won't come cheap with a £109million release clause.
But even if the Blues have to unleash a fire sale of unwanted stars to fund the move, it will most likely pay dividends in the long run.
It is all well and good splashing the cash on Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner but the new attacking riches can't be expected to consistently bail out a leaky defence and unreliable keeper next season.
With the Slovenian between the sticks, Lampard could propel Chelsea to new glory days – eight years after the 42-year-old lifted the Champions League on the same turf where his side tamely exited the comp tonight.
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