Chelsea have enjoyed an illustrious history since the club was founded more than 115 years ago, with six top-flight title wins, 8 FA Cup triumphs and six European successes all on the honours board.
We aim to cover the highs and lows of Chelsea’s performances competition by competition over the years, with a more detailed documentation of how the Blues have performed over time. Here’s a brief look Chelsea’s performance over the last ten years:
Last 10 Seasons
|Season||Premier League||FA Cup||EFL Cup||Europa League||Champions League|
|2020-2021||4th||Runner Up||Fourth Round||n/a||Winner|
|2019-2020||4th||Runner Up||Fourth Round||n/a||Round of 16|
|2018-2019||3rd||Fifth Round||Runner Up||Winner||n/a|
|2017-2018||5th||Winner||Semi Final||n/a||Round of 16|
|2016-2017||1st||Runner Up||Fourth Round||n/a||n/a|
|2015-2016||10th||Sixth Round||Fourth Round||n/a||Round of 16|
|2014-2015||1st||Fourth Round||Winner||n/a||Round of 16|
|2013-2014||3rd||Fifth Round||Fifth Round||n/a||Semi Finals|
|2012-2013||3rd||Semi Finals||Semi Finals||Winner||Group Stage|
Chelsea’s Title Wins
Whether in knock-out tournaments or leagues, at home or abroad, Chelsea have shown a winning mentality over the decades with numerous bits of silverware making their way into the trophy room at Stamford Bridge.
Of Chelsea’s six title wins in England, five of them have come in the Premier League era with wins in 2005, 2006, 2010, 2015 and 2017 backing up their First Division title win back in 1955.
The title success in 2004-05 heralded a brand-new era for the club, the first Premier League win under owner Roman Abramovich with the “special one” Jose Mourinho announcing himself on the scene in overseeing the club’s first domestic title for 50 years.
Chelsea have been prolific in the FA Cup, winning it eight times between 1970 and 2018. That first success back in 1970 was achieved against Leeds United after a replay at Old Trafford while the 1997 triumph at Wembley featured what was at the time the fastest FA Cup Final goal ever – future Blues manager Roberto Di Matteo smashing in off the crossbar against Middlesbrough inside 42 seconds.
The club’s last FA Cup triumph came in 2018 at the new Wembley with a hard-fought win against Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United, Eden Hazard’s penalty ultimately winning it for Antonio Conte’s side.
Now known as the EFL Cup or under the title of whatever sponsor helps to fund it, the League Cup has been taken by the Blues five times.
Having beaten Middlesbrough in the 1997 FA Cup final, Chelsea managed it again in the ’98 League Cup Final while the thrilling 3-2 extra-time win against Liverpool at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff in 2005 ranks as a real highlight in the club’s domestic history.
Formerly known as the UEFA Cup, the Europa League as it is now has been taken by Chelsea twice since its rebranding after the much-maligned Intertoto Cup was absorbed into it.
The 2013 success at the Amsterdam Arena against Benfica was achieved with a last-gasp goal from Branislav Ivanovic (2-1), while the 2019 win was achieved in the controversial and rather disappointing setting of the Olympic Stadium in Baku, although the 4-1 score line against Arsenal did more than enough to keep Blues fans entertained!
With four last-16 knockouts in nine years it’s been a case of close, but no cigar for Chelsea in Europe’s top club competition for the most part, although there was one glorious victory in Munich in 2012.
Facing the “home” team Bayern Munich, the Blues put up a brilliant display at the Allianz Arean to take Jupp Heynckes’ side all the way to extra-time and penalties after a late Didier Drogba equaliser. That man Drogba was on hand again to knock in the decisive penalty kick as Chelsea won 4-3 in the shoot-out to record a first major top-level European success.
Chelsea managed two wins in the now defunct European Cup Winners’ Cup having taken the title in 1971 against Real Madrid in Athens under Dave Sexton, and once more in 1998 under Gianluca Vialli with a 1-0 success against Stuttgart in Stockholm.
Formerly the cherished Charity Shield and now the FA Community Shield, England’s very own version of a domestic ‘super cup’ has brought some success for the Blues who’ve won it on four occasions.
The first was after their Division One title win 1955, the second came in 2000 while Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti added two more for the club with wins in 2005 and 2009.
Since 1997 when Chelsea won their first trophy for seven years in the FA Cup, they have played only eight seasons out of 23 without winning a trophy.
Have Chelsea Ever Won a Treble?
In the traditional sense, no, but Chelsea have in fact lifted three trophies in the same calendar year on two separate occasions.
In 1998, having already won the 2017-18 League Cup and European Cup Winners’ Cup, the Blues started the following campaign by lifting the European Super Cup having beaten Champions League winners Real Madrid 1-0 at the Stade Louis II in Monaco.
Similarly, in 2005 Jose Mourinho’s men had already landed the Premier League and the League Cup for the 04-05 season when they took the FA Community Shield at the Millennium Stadium, beating Arsenal 2-1 on the day.
The European Treble
A proper treble would mean winning three major competitions in the same footballing season, and while Chelsea haven’t yet done that, they are one of only five teams in history to have landed all three of the main European club competitions.
In taking the 1971 European Cup Winners’ Cup, the 2012 Champions League and the 2019 Europa League Chelsea joined an illustrious band of sides to have achieved the feat. To date, only Ajax, Bayern Munich, Juventus and Manchester United sit with the Blues on that distinguished list.
The domestic double, achieved by winning any two of the Premier League (Division One), the League Cup and the FA Cup, has been achieved no less than four times by Chelsea over the years; 2005 (Premier League and League Cup), 2007 (FA Cup and League Cup), 2010 (Premier League and FA Cup) and 2015 (Premier League and League Cup).
As well as this, Chelsea have won two more major doubles in 1998 (League Cup and European Cup Winners’ Cup) and in 2012 (FA Cup and Champions League).