It is often said that Champions League qualification has become more important than winning silverware for many of the top clubs. Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino also recently said that qualifying for Europe’s premier club competition was more important for Spurs’ long-term future than winning domestic cup competitions.
While the Argentine was criticized for his statement, the discrepancy between the amount Spurs will receive for qualifying to the final 8 of the Champions League, and the amount that Arsenal and Chelsea will receive if they qualify for the quarterfinal of the Europa League, shows that the Argentine’s statement certainly has merit.
According to a report from The Sun, Tottenham will receive £9 million for their win over Dortmund while their London rivals will receive just £1 million if they are to progress to the next round.
This is just the bonus payouts as part of the prize money pool on offer from Uefa and does not even include the gate receipts or revenue from TV. The report also claims that there is still up to £25m more in bonus payments up for grabs, if Tottenham go all the way in the tournament.
This shows how important Champions League football is for clubs not just when it comes to attracting top players but also in being able to afford to sign them. With Spurs having the stadium debt to pay off in the coming years, it is thus vital that the team continues qualifying for the Champions League.
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