No, this is NOT another thread to ask if the Chelsea transfer ban is reflected in the game

I actually wanted to see if anyone (not playing with Chelsea) who has gotten to the summer of 2011 could tell me how the AI managed to deal with the Chelsea transfer ban - did they sign many players in the first transfer window, are they playing a squad of grandpas, or did they manage to work youngsters into the team? Asking purely out of curiosity, please feel free to share your experience.