Chelsea had a good record in the now disbanded Cup Winners’ Cup, winning the trophy twice before the advent of which is now the Europa League.
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Chelsea European Cup Winners’ Cup Wins
Firstly under Ruud Gullit and latterly under Gianluca Vialli, Chelsea had an excellent 1997/98 season winning two trophies, one of them being the Cup Winners’ Cup. In beating Slovan Bratislava (4-0), Tromso (9-4) and Real Betis (5-2) over two legs, Chelsea’s passage to the semi-finals proved to be rather easy.
A nervy semi was to follow, but a 3-2 win over Vicenza put the Blues into the final to play Stuttgart in Stockholm and no mistake was to be made, Vialli’s team coming out 1-0 winners there with a goal from club hero Gianfranco Zola.
Chelsea’s first ever European success came in the 1970/71 season when after a dream run, the club landed in the final of the Cup Winners’ Cup and played Real Madrid in Athens.
A win looked inevitable at 1-0 and with time nearly up in the final, however a very late goal from Zoco took the match to a replay two days later. In the second game, John Dempsey and Peter Osgood came up with what was necessary to land a 2-1 win for the Blues.