It is less than 12 months since Roberto Di Matteo's Chelsea side won the Champions League title in Munich, yet the discussion has already turned to Premier League underperformance in Europe's elite club competition.
Two of the English competitors—reigning champions Chelsea and Premier League winners Manchester City—failed to make it past the group stage. Both remaining sides—Manchester United and Arsenal—would crash out at the next hurdle.
While talk of the Premier League's demise is no doubt premature, there can be little doubting that the leagues are weaker than they once were in comparison to their continental rivals. The reasons can be debated, but it is a clear fact based on performance at Champions League level.
How, then, can the Premier League's top sides challenge in the 2013-14 Champions League season?