Italian football is at a crossroads. Long gone are the days when Italy topped UEFA's all-important coefficients ranking system with the opportunity to have four teams in the Champions League.
Currently sitting in fourth in the rankings, just two Italian teams are now guaranteed entry into the competition, with one more given the chance to qualify via playoff.
Though the football federation would like to be optimistic and think that the nation will work its way back up the ladder, there is a risk that Italy could fall even further down the list. Fifth- and sixth-placed Portugal and France are looming just a few thousand coefficient points behind.
Leaving aside for now the Italians' imprudent lack of interest in the Europa League, it is clear that peninsula clubs must strive to achieve good results in the Champions League over the next few seasons.
Performances need to improve, and quickly.
With that in mind, we take a look at the three Italian teams in this year's tournament—Milan, Juventus and Napoli—and assess their chances.