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Managers who have featured in the most number of Champions League games

5) Mircea Lucescu-103

One of the longest-serving managers in the game, Luscescu has been at the helm of clubs like Shakhtar, Inter and Galatasaray. He is best known for his time with Shakhtar, though, having managed the Ukranian giants for more than a decade. The former Romania international led Shakhtar to UEFA cup win in 2008. The likes of Willian, Mkhitaryan and Fernandinho have all developed under Lucescu, which proves his quality. He is currently in charge of Turkey national side.

4) Jose Mourinho-133

One of the best managers in the world at the moment, Jose Mourinho began his coaching career under Louis Van Gaal at Barcelona as his assistant. He announced himself on the European stage with a Champions League title win with Porto in ’04. Another champions league title followed with Inter during his time in Italy. He has managed the likes of Chelsea and Real Madrid; however, has not managed to reach the finals with these clubs. Now with United, Mourinho would be keen to make an impression in Europe as well.

3) Carlo Ancelloti-154

One of the most revered figures in the football world, Carlo Ancelotti has had quite a career in football. After blossoming as a midfielder for AC Milan, Don Carlo led Milan to European success as a manager. He moved to Chelsea in 2009 and led them to a domestic double in his first season at the club. He also led Real to the much sought after La Decima in 2014. He has since faced consecutive sacks with both Real and Bayern, where he failed to live up to the expectations. Currently out of a job, the Italian continues to be linked with a return to Chelsea if the board decides to sack Conte.

2) Arsene Wenger-178

Now in his 21st season with the Gunners, this is the first year when Arsenal are not in Europe’s elite competition, which serves as an example of just how good Arsenal have been over the years. Seen as years of mediocrity, it is nothing less than a miracle that Gunners have consistently qualified for the Champions League despite the fierce financial competition in the Premier League. However, for all his qualities, he has yet to get his hands on the Champions League title. He came close to winning the competition, but Arsenal were defeated by a fine Barcelona side in 2006 final. He does not have a lot of years remaining at the top level and thus would be keen to win the Europa league this time.

1) Alex Ferguson-190

Easily the greatest manager of all time, Ferguson took over at Manchester United in the summer of ’86, a time during which rivals Liverpool were the top dogs of English football. However, the dominance would soon end as Ferguson built a United side capable of defeating the very best. 26 years of unprecedented success with the Red Devils, consisting of several league titles and cups, Ferguson retired after leading United to their 20th league title in 2012/13. He also guided United to two Champions League titles, one of which was the famous final of ’99, when United scored two goals in the ‘Fergie time’ to break Munich hearts.


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