Chelsea began the season as defending champions in the Champions League, but fell into the Europa League. Here we chart their route to the Europa League final.
February 14, 2013: Europa League last-32 first leg v Sparta Prague (A) W 1-0
Substitute Oscar struck seconds after entering the fray as Chelsea claimed back-to-back wins for the first time since December to triumph in their first Europa League outing.
February 21, 2013: Europa League last-32 second leg v Sparta Prague (H) D 1-1 (Chelsea won 2-1 on aggregate)
Chelsea again had to rely on a substitute to beat Sparta, as Eden Hazard netted in stoppage time to avoid extra time and the prospect of an embarrassing European exit on home turf.
March 7, 2013: Europa League last-16 first leg v Steaua Bucharest (A) L 1-0
Benitez's side suffered a lacklustre defeat to Steaua Bucharest in the Blues' 50th game of a turbulent season, as Raul Rusescu converted a penalty after being pulled down by Ryan Bertrand.
Video: Chelsea 3-1 Steaua
March 14, 2013: Europa League last-16 second leg v Steaua Bucharest (H) W 3-1 (Chelsea won 3-2 on aggregate)
Torres scored the decisive goal but also missed a penalty as Chelsea overturned a first-leg deficit to advance. Juan Mata levelled the tie and John Terry was also on target.
April 4, 2013: Europa League quarter-final first leg v Rubin Kazan (H) W 3-1
Torres scored twice as Chelsea seized the initiative, while Moses was also on target, but the Russians replied when Bebras Natcho converted a penalty after Terry was adjudged to have blocked a shot with his arm.
Video: Rubin 3-2 Chelsea
April 11, 2013: Europa League quarter-final second leg v Rubin Kazan (A) L 3-2 (Chelsea won 5-4 on aggregate)
Torres and Moses were on target as Chelsea, spared the long trek to Tatarstan, progressed despite defeat at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
Video: Basle 1-2 Chelsea
April 25, 2013: Europa League semi-final first leg v Basle (A) W 2-1
David Luiz's last-gasp free-kick earned Chelsea a narrow victory. Moses' opener was cancelled out by a Fabian Schar penalty before Luiz's strike.
Video: Chelsea 3-1 Basle
May 2, 2013: Europa League semi-final second leg v Basle (H) W 3-1 (Chelsea won 5-2 on aggregate)
Chelsea came from behind to triumph, with Torres, Moses and an exquisite Luiz goal securing victory and passage to the May 15 Europa League final in Amsterdam.