The success of a football club lies in the ability to fill the cabinet with silverware and trusting the process which leads to the former conclusion. But some clubs still end up being non winners.
Every club looks forward to doing well and winning their domestic competitions and leagues to reign supreme in the country but the real test lies in being the best in the continent.
The UEFA Champions League does exactly this, as it is a competition to test the elite clubs of Europe by contesting against each other to become the number 1 European club for that season.
We have seen many clubs who have been magnificent and have tremendous success at the being the best in the country but have not been able to reach the zenith of Europe.
Now we visit the top 5 clubs who have been able to win their domestic leagues but are yet to win the coveted Champions League crown.
The Gunners have been part of 17 successive Champions League seasons starting 2000/01 till 2016/17, but were never able to get their hands on the Continental crown.
The best they have been able to achieve in the elite competition was a Runners up position in the 2005/06 season, when they lost to Barcelona 2-1 in Paris.
Arsenal were a dominant side in England during the 2000’s and early part of 2010’s but could never translate their domestic performances into the Champions League for over close to 2 decades.
Arsene Wenger, who was the manager of the Gunners for those 17 years won all major honors for the North London club but could never get his hands on the European Crown.
‘Los Colchoneros’, as Atlético Madrid are fondly called are another top European side who have never been able to lift the Champions League in their decorated history.
Atlético Madrid’s best season was the 2013-14 and 2015-16 season where they were second best to Real Madrid on both occasions losing the finals 4-1 and 5-3 on penalties respectively.
They have had to watch their domestic rivals, Barcelona and Real Madrid win the trophy a number of times but themselves are yet to succeed.
Having been knocked out this season, they will look to start afresh when they return next season.
The Blue half of Manchester have seen their noisy neighbors, Manchester United pick up the Champions League trophy on 3 occasions but have themselves never been able to do the same.
City have been dominating English football since the 2012 season when they won their first Premier League crown but have not been able to use those performances as stepping stones to succeed in the Champions League.
The maximum they have ever been able to reach has been a semifinal berth under Manuel Pellegrini. They lost to eventual winners Real Madrid 1-0 over 2 legs and crashed out at the crucial stage.
Manchester City have brought the best of talents and played beautiful football but have never been able to produce the performances that helps in achieving European glory.
This season we see them play Borussia Dortmund in the quarterfinals. Can they get over the QF hoodoo and translate their domestic domination into Europe? Only time will tell.
The cash rich Parisians have been the powerhouse of France since their takeover with the moolah inflow and buying the best of players in Neymar, Cavani, Ibrahimovic, Mbappé and many more.
Yet, the French side has never been able to win the Champions League even once.
In last year’s competition, they reached the final for the very first time but lost to Bayern Munich through a solitary goal by Coman.
From 2012-13 till 2015-16, they could not get passed the quarterfinals stage before reaching a final in 2020 but came second best then.
With the firepower they have in Neymar, Mbappé and others present in the squad, this team will look to get over the hoodoo and bring European glory to Paris soon.
Lyon dominated French football for many years. They won the Ligue 1 for 7 successive seasons starting from 2001/02 till 2007/08 (2007/08 being the last ever Ligue 1 title).
But were never able to utilize the best of the pool of players they had to translate performances into Europe.
They stumbled at semi final stage twice in 2009-10 and 2019-20; being the best they have ever reached in a Champions League season.
The French side were filled with players of high caliber like Lloris, Källström, Govou, Pjanic; but they could not ever get Lyon to the pinnacle of Champions League and have seen fallen away.
After losing so many of these players, Lyon have never been the same force they once were and are struggling to get back to their best.
But as we have always known great teams make great champions and we expect Lyon to be back amongst the big names sooner rather than later.
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