The story of Chelsea Football Club's decline in 2011-12 has been quite like that of an all-conquering emperor who has at last met with catastrophe and is now being compelled to see the world from a completely different perspective.
Such has been the turnaround in fortunes of the Blues this season, at least in the Premier League.
Let me brief you on the fall of Chelsea.
They have definitely had no consistency in their results through their current Premier League campaign. The one place where some uniformity has been seen is the rate at which their ambitions have fallen.
Starting the season as one of the favorites for the league title, they recently slumped to yet another defeat, this time at the hands of a resurgent Everton. Astonishing it is that this is already the blue army's sixth league defeat of the season. And now bereft of a spot in the top four, their main target in the league is to secure Champions League qualification. Shocking, isn't it?
This was one thing that was taken for granted every year, considering the Blues are expected to be fighting for the championship every time round.
Finishing in the top two, and at worst third, is all Chelsea and its supporters have known ever since the Russian oligarch, Roman Abramovich, splashed the cash to buy the club back in 2003. Fifth place, where they currently find themselves, is simply not good enough at a club where the bar is set so high.
It is no secret that the once-mighty Chelsea defense has had everything to do with this. Up front lately, the goals have dried up, and that hasn't helped the cause either. The two of those put together leave the West Londoners in a position that the current crop are not familiar with.
Now, when this same shoddy defense is pitted against one of the world's finest attacking trios, like Napoli's, then quite a few would expect the Blues to get absolutely pulverized, especially with their poor form of late.
What is also needless to say is that if they were to put a stop to the activities of this trio of Edinson Cavani, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Marek Hamsik, Napoli would become rather beatable.
Well, this is football, and anything can happen.
Here I introduce to you the three danger men for the side from Naples, who are likely to be a constant source of distress for the Chelsea back line over the two legs of the tie. AVB, I hope you're making notes.