Only a handful of coaches have achieved unparalleled success and longevity in the UEFA Champions League.

These elite tacticians have etched their names in the annals of the prestigious tournament, not only through their triumphs but also through their consistent presence on the touchline.

Let's delve into the careers of the coaches who've managed the most Champions League games.

1. – AC Milan, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Real Madrid — 197 games, 114 wins

Carlo Ancelotti, a true journeyman, has managed multiple clubs in the Champions League, including AC Milan, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, and .

With 196 games, Ancelotti has won the title four times (2003, 2007 with AC Milan, 2014, and 2022 with Madrid), a testament to his versatile and tactical acumen. 

Said former Dutch player Ruud Gullit: “I think Ancelotti is a bit greater than Sir Alex [Ferguson] and Pep [Guardiola] due to the UEFA Champions League trophies he has won. He is the King of European success. Both Pep and Sir Alex are a part of history, but let's look at what Ancelotti has achieved. He's the King of Kings, better than anyone else, and I'm very proud of him.”

2. – Manchester United — 190 games, 102 wins

The legendary Sir Alex Ferguson reigns supreme in this list. From 1986 to 2013, the Scottish mastermind oversaw Manchester United's operations and guided the club to two Champions League titles (1999, 2008).

Ferguson's 190 appearances in the tournament signify his remarkable consistency at the top tier of European football.

3. Arsene Wenger – Monaco, Arsenal — 178 games, 82 wins

The innovative Frenchman Arsene Wenger comes second with 178 Champions League matches. Wenger's tenure at Arsenal, from 1996 to 2018, accounted for most of these games.

Despite reaching the final in 2006, Wenger couldn't secure a Champions League title. Nevertheless, his steadfast presence in the tournament cements his legacy as a top-tier manager.

4. , Bayern Munich, Manchester City — 167 games, 107 wins

Pep Guardiola, known for his possession-based style of play, has managed 166 Champions League matches with Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and Manchester City. He won the tournament three times as a coach, with Barcelona (2009, 2011) and Manchester City (2023).

5. Jose Mourinho – FC Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Tottenham — 145 games, 77 wins

The self-proclaimed “Special One,” Jose Mourinho, has made his mark in the Champions League with 149 games managed.

Leading FC Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Manchester United, and Tottenham Hotspur in the tournament, Mourinho won the title twice (2004 with Porto, 2010 with Inter).