The December will be a very exciting month for Chelsea - intense rivalries, the long-awaited return of the injured players and transfer ban drama.
1. Transfer ban appeal verdict to be announced in December
The Court of Arbitration for Sport heard Chelsea's appeal on Wednesday. However, we will have to wait until mid-December to find out if our two-window transfer ban has been lifted.
Not to get the hopes overly high, but there are some hints that the decision might go in Chelsea's favour. According to Mirror, the Blues have already alerted the top football agents that they will be back in transfer business in January. Is some insider info already out?
Additionally, recent Man City transfer transgressions might put pressure on CAS to go easy on Chelsea. The Cityzens have escaped harsh punishment for breaking the rules regarding the registration of underaged players. Instead of getting a transfer ban, like Chelsea, they instead paid a rather small £314,670 fine.
2. Rudiger and Loftus-Cheek return to fitness
The two Chelsea starters of the last season have endured a tough year this term. Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been out with the same Achilles injury since the spring. Antonio Rudiger suffered knee damage in May and then had another operation on his groin last month - to add injury to injury.
But by the look of things, both players will finally be back at it with full training in December. Give them time to regain some match fitness, and they could enter Chelsea XI by Christmas time.
In such case, the Blues won't need transfer window at all - Rudiger and Loftus-Cheek will essentially become our virtual signings.
3. Lampard's premiere big six victory
If there's one caveat to Frank Lampard's success story at Chelsea this season - it is the total of zero points accumulated in games with the Premier League's best.
For all their valour and relentless spirit in away games versus sticky lower-level sides, Blues somehow are unable to replicate the same performances with the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United.
But they have got to learn someday, right? For this reason, the upcoming battles against Manchester City and Tottenham feel very thrilling. In addition, Pep Guardiola's side do not look as unbeatable as in the last term, and Spurs effectively doubled our motivation to beat them with Mourinho appointment.
And while beating them, we get to compete for not only the top 4 position - to hell with that - for the title itself! Exciting games ahead, Blues fans!