Chelsea had a solid Champions League campaign under returning boss Jose Mourinho last season, as they battled through to reach the last four.
Initially, the Blues looked repeating last season’s poor showing by exiting at the Group stage after a shock home loss to FC Basel, but an impressive set of victories over Bundesliga side Schalke restored their grip on group E.
After progressing to the next round, Chelsea saw off Galatasary and Paris Saint-Germain before succumbing by a 3-1 aggregate score to Atletico Madrid at the semi-final stage.
And UEFA were clearly impressed by Chelsea’s defensive displays throughout the competition, with star defender Gary Cahill named alongside Real Madrid centre-back Sergio Ramos in the UEFA Champions League Team of the Season.
The English international started ten Champions League games this season, making a total of 22 tackles and 53 total clearances, as he helped Chelsea keep seven clean sheets in their 12 matches.
The Blues, however, can’t claim much credit for their other participant - as it's on-loan Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
The 22-year-old has been on loan in the Spanish capital for the past three seasons, and his reputation across Europe has increased tenfold as the season progressed.
Helping Atletico Madrid win La Liga with a string of notable performances, his Champions League record wasn’t too bad either as Diego Simeone’s men reached the final before ultimately losing to city-rivals Real Madrid 4-1 after extra-time.
The Belgian international conceded just ten goals in 13 appearances in Europe’s major competition, and some memorable saves against Milan, Barcelona, Chelsea and Real Madrid helped cement his deserved place in UEFA’s Champions League Team of the Season.
GK – Thibaut Courtois – Atletico Madrid
RB – Juanfran – Atletico Madrid
CB – Gary Cahill – Chelsea
CB – Sergio Ramos – Real Madrid
LB – Filipe Luis – Atletico Madrid
CM – Arjen Robben – Bayern Munich
CM – Raul Garcia – Atletico Madrid
CM – Gareth Bale – Real Madrid
RW – Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid
ST – Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Paris Saint-Germain
LW – Diego Costa – Atletico Madrid