[15] Their disappointment epitomised Chelsea's flaws throughout the decade, whereby performances and results rarely matched the calibre of players at the club. [115] Thomas Tuchel, the former manager of PSG and Borussia Dortmand was chosen as a replacement. On 22 August, Chelsea and Valencia agreed a deal for Spanish international winger Juan Mata, who signed for £23.5 million. Key to the success were two league wins against principal rivals and eventual runners-up Wolverhampton Wanderers. Third place in the league was nevertheless high enough for a first-ever appearance in the Champions League. Facing History. 2. In the penultimate game of the season at fellow strugglers Bolton Wanderers, Clive Walker hit a last-minute winner from 25 yards (23 m) to ensure a crucial 1–0 win. Winning the league completed a domestic double for the club, since Chelsea had already won the League Cup in February after a thrilling 3–2 win over Liverpool in the final at the Millennium Stadium. The local council, however, refused permission for the electric supply to the fence to be switched on, and it was dismantled within months of being erected. By the time he left in dramatic fashion in 2007 they were European elite. Maurizio Sarri (July 2018 – June 2019, won 2019 Europa League). After Docherty's departure, his assistant Ron Suart was placed in temporary charge of the first team. Mourinho's great rival from his Liverpool days was unwelcome at Stamford Bridge and even now Chelsea fans will doubtless contend he should be lower. The club were relegated again in 1923–24 and in four of the next five seasons were to narrowly miss out on promotion, finishing fifth, third, fourth and third. Sexton proved a stabilising influence and led Chelsea to two more top-six finishes, as well as a brief foray into the Fairs Cup in 1968–69, where they were knocked out by DWS on a coin toss. A '60s Chelsea side that oozed charisma and class established the club as a big name for the first time, but ultimately failed to match its swagger with on-field triumphs, and endured several near-misses. En route to that final was a win over Leeds United in the semi-finals, the game widely seen[28] as the one which kicked off the fierce rivalry between the two clubs. The highlight of that season was reaching the FA Cup final. He lost the power to select the team in November 1905, and by January 1907 he had left for Glossop. Mears' colleague Fred Parker was trying unsuccessfully to dissuade him. But Ranieri may have been sacked because of some bizarre tactical decisions in the semi-final loss against Monaco (for example, switching central midfielder Scott Parker to right-back and right-back Glen Johnson to centre-back to accommodate more attackers in the team) and for ending the season trophyless. [127] In August 2019, Chelsea's board apologised "unreservedly" for allowing Heath, a "prolific and manipulative sexual abuser", to operate "unchallenged". Chelsea presented a plate with the club crest to Aberdeen as a reward. In spite of their checkered fortunes, Chelsea became one of the best-supported teams in the country, with fans attracted by the team's reputation for playing entertaining attacking football and for signing star players, notably half-back Ben Warren and striker Bob Whittingham. Four days later, Villas-Boas confirmed the departures of Nicolas Anelka and Alex, both of whom had handed in their respective transfer requests to the club. Villas-Boas won his first match as Chelsea manager the following week after the Blues beat West Bromwich Albion 2–1. The trio did not make 300 appearances between them and by 1936 all had left at a significant financial loss to the club. Chelsea ideal next manager: Bundesliga-bred, experienced, with ‘clear tactical philosophy’ — report . Since there was already a team named Fulham in the borough, the name of the adjacent borough, the Metropolitan Borough of Chelsea, was settled on after London FC, Kensington FC and Stamford Bridge FC had been rejected. To an extent it was his misfortune to meet Inter Milan and Manchester United on the continent early in each season, not least because this was a manager who would prove before and after Chelsea that he knows just what is needed to win the Champions League. Bayern took a 3–1 lead after Juan Mata saw his penalty saved, but Čech then saved Ivica Olić and Bastian Schweinsteiger's efforts, leaving Drogba to score the decisive spot-kick to clinch Chelsea's first Champions League title in their history. What cost the 61-year-old was Europe, where he won just one knockout tie in two years. Chelsea Hires Thomas Tuchel as Manager on 18-Month Contract Tuchel, a 47-year-old German, is back in work a month after losing his job at Paris Saint-Germain following a … Chelsea may have a formidable record against Fulham but manager Frank Lampard says he will not take their west London rivals lightly as they attempt to turn around their own season. Three days later, Chelsea faced Barcelona at Stamford Bridge as heavy underdogs. Maurizio Sarri's first season started well with a 12 match unbeaten run in the Premier League, including 4-0 wins at home to Burnley and a 1–1 draw with eventual second-place finishers Liverpool. Chelsea competed with Tottenham Hotspur in the first all-London FA Cup final, known as the Cockney Cup Final. [104] They also won their fifth League Cup, thanks to a 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium. Chelsea drew 1–1 away to Liverpool and played out a 1–1 home draw against Leicester City, with Claudio Ranieri, former Chelsea boss, being received a guard of honour. In the first leg at the Camp Nou, Chelsea took a 1–0 lead but had Didier Drogba controversially sent-off in the second half with Chelsea still ahead, and the Catalans eventually won 2–1. He then went on a £100 million spending spree before the start of the season and landed players like Claude Makélélé, Geremi, Hernán Crespo, Glen Johnson, Joe Cole and Damien Duff. The club also made their way to the final of the Europa League, in which they beat Arsenal on 29 May 2019, resulting in their first European trophy since 2013. Both home sides won 2–0 and on another coin toss, the replay was staged at the Camp Nou, with Barça winning 5–0. By this point, Chelsea were in a parlous financial state and losing £12,000 a week. That same season saw the club complete a unique quadruple, with the reserve, 'A' and junior sides also winning their respective leagues. They finished third in the Premier League, ensuring Champions League qualification, and won the UEFA Europa League. Webb was replaced by 35-year-old former England midfielder Glenn Hoddle, who had just won promotion to the Premiership as player-manager of Swindon Town. Despite calls for the club to sack the Italian around this time, Maurizio Sarri steered the club to third place in the league ahead of Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United who had finished above them the previous season. Chelsea finished a credible fifth in their first season back in the top-flight, and in the next were on course for a domestic "treble" of league, FA Cup and League Cup, playing a brand of football based on high energy and quick passing and utilising innovative tactics – they were one of the first English teams to use overlapping full-backs. [51] In December 1987, in a "momentous decision", Bates' own plans to redevelop Stamford Bridge into a modern football stadium were approved by the council's planning committee.[52]. Lewis was succeeded by David Calderhead, who was to manage Chelsea for the next 26 years. For a general overview of the club, see Chelsea F.C. [71] Grant's replacement was Brazilian Luiz Felipe Scolari, who had guided Brazil to victory at the 2002 World Cup and Portugal to runners-up at UEFA Euro 2004. The directors had their own chauffeur to drive them around town. How? Every Chelsea manager of the Roman Abramovich era ranked: How will Thomas Tuchel stack up to history? Chelsea set two records in defence of the Cup Winners' Cup in 1971–72: a 21–0 aggregate win over Luxembourg side Jeunesse Hautcharage, which remains a record scoreline in European competition. The team found a consistency rate not previously there as Chelsea unexpectedly won the First Division title. 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