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Usually at this time of year, the talk in Naples is of catching Juventus; of securing a top-three spot; of finishing above Roma and Lazio; and certainly of being the top team in the south.

But this season, everything is different. Everywhere you go, people are anxious. The whispers have turned to groans.

The one topic on their lips is the demise of their football club. They already know Napoli are not good enough to seriously compete for the Serie A title this season. Every corner of the city is aware that their club has spectacularly failed to manage the first post-Sarri crisis.

Angry Napoli fans have hung a banner reading 'You have chosen a bad road... Respect those who love this shirt and pay you!' outside their San Paolo Stadium this week

Angry Napoli fans have hung a banner reading 'You have chosen a bad road... Respect those who love this shirt and pay you!' outside their San Paolo Stadium this week

Napoli's players, including Kalidou Koulibaly (right), look dejected after drawing with Salzburg

Napoli's players, including Kalidou Koulibaly (right), look dejected after drawing with Salzburg

I stop at the barber. Everyone queuing up is talking only about Napoli. I visit Posillipo, an affluent area known for its seafood restaurants and classy cocktail bars. Here, the restaurateurs often host the players. But since this week's player rebellion - when they refused to attend a training camp ordered by the owner Aurelio De Laurentiis - everyone is subdued.

Everyone has an opinion. I'm told Dries Mertens and Allan have decided to leave because they are fed up with the strict orders being passed down by the owner. The mutiny seems indicative of a breakdown in the relationship between the players and management. It appears talks on contract renewals are stalling.

Many supporters are amazed by the situation at the club and are determined to let everyone at Napoli know their feelings. They are angry with De Laurentiis and the players, accusing them of being money-obsessed mercenaries.

Banners and flags, accusing the key men of disrespecting the club and its fans, are springing up all round the city.

Club president Aurelio De Laurentiis (left) and boss Carlo Ancelotti are at loggerheads

Club president Aurelio De Laurentiis (left) and boss Carlo Ancelotti are at loggerheads

Napoli fans gathered outside San Paolo Stadium, chanting and setting off flares on Thursday

Napoli fans gathered outside San Paolo Stadium, chanting and setting off flares on Thursday

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