Tottenham fans will be counting down the days until the start of September for the Champions League group stage to commence. Missing out on Europe’s premier competition in each of the past two seasons, Spurs are back at the top table after finishing the 2021/22 Premier League season in fourth.
A few months ago it appeared that the Lilywhites would again miss out on a Champions League place due to their inconsistent form but Antonio Conte’s Tottenham team finished the season in style to secure a top-four berth ahead of Arsenal. Having some famous nights in Champions League in recent years, all involved with Spurs cannot wait to hear the famous anthem playing again at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Speaking after clinching fourth spot with a 5-0 triumph over Norwich City, Conte said: “Yeah for sure if we come back to the past, yes it was very difficult to explain this about Tottenham. But we are enjoying a lot what we did and for me I did not lift a trophy this season like in the past but if I have to be honest and see the path and the difficulty to come in since November in a difficult situation with a team that was struggling a lot in a difficult league like the Premier League.
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“It’s very very difficult – to reach a place in the Champions League I have to consider this a really big big achievement for me and for my players, and also for the club consider this a great achievement after three years Tottenham is able to play again in “Champions League. For us it is very important because the best players, the best coaches want to play in this competition, for this trophy. We must be pleased for what we did.”
Tottenham are now set for a huge financial windfall following their return to the Champions League. As per Twitter user Swiss Ramble, clubs would earn € 15.6m (£ 13.3m) just for participating in the Champions League in terms of the UEFA competitions prize money for 2021/22.
The maximum revenue from the group stage is € 16.8m (£ 14.3m) as a win is worth € 2.8m (£ 2.3m) compared to £ 930k (£ 796k) for a draw, with a place in the last 16 worth € 9.6m (£ 8.2m), quarter-finals € 10.6m (£ 9m) and semi-finals € 12.5m (£ 10.6m). The Champions League winner will then receive € 20m (£ 17.1m) and the runner-up € 15.5m (£ 13.2m), meaning the maximum possible amount of money to be earned by winning the Champions League is € 69.5m (£ 59.7 m), which comes to € 85.1m (£ 71.9m) in total when you add the participation money on top.
That isn’t the only money the club will receive from playing in the Champions League, however, as clubs also bring in more money due to the TV pool and UEFA coefficient. Daniel Levy and Tottenham will also now be set to receive a nice financial windfall based on their final position in the Premier League table.
With Norwich City collecting £ 2.2m for finishing 20th, the prize money increases by £ 2.2m each position you go up in the standings. Man City, as Premier League winners, take home the biggest amount at £ 44m after their late fightback against Aston Villa saw them retain their crown despite a valiant effort from Liverpool.
Spurs’ prize for finishing in the final Champions League place is £ 37.4m. In a battle with Arsenal for fourth, the Lilywhites would have collected £ 35.2m if they had finished in fifth rather than their final position.
Only three points off Chelsea in the table after 38 games, finishing third would have seen Spurs’ £ 37.4m increase to £ 39.6m. Some games on the final day may have been seen as dead rubbers but climbing an extra place or two up the standings could really make a big difference financially to a club.
Boosted financially after sealing fourth spot against Norwich City, all Tottenham fans will be hoping the money will be used to help improve Conte’s squad ahead of such a big season for the club. It is now down to Levy and Tottenham to do just that after the Italian’s masterclass to get Spurs back into the Champions League after two seasons away.