Roberto Di Matteo interim manager of Chelsea lifts the trophy in celebration after their victory in the UEFA Champions League Final between FC Bayern Muenchen and Chelsea
The UEFA Champions League is the most prestigious club competition in world football. The abundance of quality teams right from the group stages through to the final rounds make it incredibly difficult to win, and getting your hands on it is is arguably the holy grail for present day football managers.
The last seven teams to win the Champions League are Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Manchester United and AC Milan. It should come as no surprise, then, that all but one of the managers on this seven are very highly-regarded and have won a plethora of trophies over the course of their careers.
Here are the last 7 managers to have won the Champions League:
7. Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho last won the Champions League with Inter Milan in 2010
With his most recent success in the Champions League coming in 2010 with Inter Milan, Jose Mourinho is the seventh most recent manager to guide a team to being crowned champions of Europe. Jose's historic treble with Inter in 2010 was his second Champions League title as a manager, the first coming with Porto in 2004. Since winning the Champions League seven years ago, Jose has spent a few years at Real Madrid, had a mixed return to Chelsea and is now managing Premier League rivals Manchester United.
6. Pep Guardiola
A rival of Jose Mourinho's in Spain and now his adversary in Manchester, Pep Guardiola won his last Champions League in 2011, with a 3-1 defeat of Manchester United at Wembley Stadium. That win was Pep's second Champions League title in just three years of management, but he has since gone six years at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City without returning to the summit of the European game. The 46-year-old Spaniard joined Manchester City in 2016, where he had a fairly unremarkable debut season.
5. Roberto Di Matteo
Roberto Di Matteo most recently managed Aston Villa in the Championship
It's easy to forget that Roberto Di Matteo has won a Champions League trophy more recently than Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola, but he has... With his only previous managerial experience being a season at MK Dons and getting sacked at West Brom, Di Matteo took the reigns at Samford Bridge following Andre Villas-Boas losing his job. The Blues finished sixth in the league, but embarked upon an extraordinary Champions League run.
Chelsea overturned a two-goal deficit against Napoli, saw off Benfica, beat Barcelona in the semi-finals despite having John Terry sent off in the first half of the second leg and defeated Bayern Munich in their own back yard in the final, all under Di Matteo. Since then, the Italian has had a miserable season at Schalke and an even more miserable half season at Aston Villa, leaving his reputation in tatters.
4. Jupp Heynckes
Bundesliga legend Jupp Heynckes went out in style in the 2012-13 season, winning the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and the Club World Cup with Bayern Munich. The Bavarian giants were crowned champions of Europe after a 2-1 win in an all-German final against Borussia Dortmund. It was Heynckes second Champions League success, the first having come with Real Madrid 15 years earlier. The former German international retired at the end of that magnificent campaign, describing his final season as a 'worthy farewell'.
3. Carlo Ancelotti
Carlo Ancelotti won his third UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid in 2014
Experienced Italian boss Carlo Ancelotti has won the Champions League three times as a manager, the most recent of which came in 2014 with Real Madrid. Los Blancos ran out 4-1 winners over Madrid rivals Atletico that day, although it took until extra time for them to make their superiority count. Ancelotti left a year later, heading to Bayern Munich where he replaced Pep Guardiola.
2. Luis Enrique
Former Spanish international Luis Enrique won nine trophies during his three years in charge of Barcelona. His Champions League success came in 2015, when Barca overcame Juventus by 3 goals to 1 in Berlin to claim their first European title in four years. Enrique left his post in June 2017, prior to what has been a difficult summer for the Catalan club. Currently out of work, Enrique has been heavily tipped to replace Gus Poyet at Shanghai Shenhua in China.
1. Zinedine Zidane
Zinedine Zidane has won the Champions League twice in his first two seasons in charge of Real Madrid
The winner of the last two Champions League's in his first two seasons as a manager, it's fair to say Zinedine Zidane is the managerial flavour of the month right now. Real's two consecutive European conquests under Zidane, courtesy of victory on penalties against Atletico Madrid and a convincing 4-1 defeat of Juventus, have made them the first team - and Zidane the first manager - to record back-to-back titles in the Champions League era. Naturally then, the Frenchman remains as Real Madrid's manager.