Chelsea out of UEFA Champions League: Last time Blues failed to qualify for Europe and history in UEFA competitions


Chelsea are on the verge of missing out on European football for the 2023/24 campaign following a disappointing first season under new co-owner Todd Boehly.

The Blues are 11th in the Premier League table and 10 points adrift of a potential European Conference League spot and 17 points adrift of the final UEFA Champions League spot.

Both Thomas Tuchel and Graham Potter have been sacked by Chelsea this season, with former player and manager Frank Lampard taking on an interim role until the end of the 2022/23 season.

He was tasked with leading an unlikely challenge to win this season’s UEFA Champions League – and thereby qualify for next term’s competition – but those dreams were ended by Real Madrid.

When did Chelsea last fail to qualify for Champions League?

Since the 1999/2000 season — their first in the competition — Chelsea have missed out on Champions League football on just five occasions. Only 2016/17 had no European football at all Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea seasons without Champions League football since 1999/2000

Season League finish in previous season European Competition Eliminated League finish
2000/01 5th UEFA Cup/Europa League Round 1 6th
2001/02 6th UEFA Cup/Europa League Round 2 6th
2002/03 6th UEFA Cup/Europa League Round 2 4th
2016/17 10th N/A N/A 1st
2018/19 5th Europa League Winners 3rd


Chelsea’s record in recent years when failing to qualify for the Champions League has been quite good. Conte won the Premier League in the 2016/17 season while Maurizio Sarri secured a Europa League title two seasons later.

Although no European football will have financial drawbacks, it could be exactly what a new manager needs with this young squad.

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