Each season, some rather unexpected relegation candidates emerge from Europe’s top leagues.
Perhaps they didn’t spend efficiently during the transfer periods; maybe some instability emerged as the result of a change in manager.
But whatever the case, they find themselves batting for their top-flight lives when winter turns to spring.
In European football, no club is too big to fail.
Following are 20 outfits that were never supposed to be in their current positions and could very well be playing second-division football next term.