In his 1992 novel Fatherland, Robert Harris imagined a world where the Nazis won World War II. It painted a bleak image of a life that, for many, is too grim to even imagine, let alone write.
It is not on the same emotional scale, but Chelsea fans have found themselves doing the same this season, imagining their campaign had Roberto Di Matteo not been fired in November.
The Italian's name can still be heard from the Stamford Bridge terraces as Blues fans picture what might have been had he remained at the helm.
Indeed, Di Matteo was already a hero on account of his exploits as a player for Chelsea, long before he lifted the FA Cup and Champions League as manager. It was an impressive start to his career in the Stamford Bridge dugout, but six months on things started to go awry as his team suffered a loss form that resulted in him being fired.
With this in mind, Bleacher Report considers where Chelsea could have been with Di Matteo still in charge as we approach the closing stages of 2012-13.