While Tottenham still have the FA Cup to compete for, their European dreams were dashed after promising so much.
The Lilywhites looked one of the hottest prospects to launch an unlikely bid for Champions League glory after their unbeaten group stage display, but came unstuck against a Juventus side who possessed more street smarts to outwit Mauricio Pochettino and his man.
However, it is massive progress from last season, where they tumbled out of Europe’s premier club competition before slipping to a disappointing exit in the Europa League, and that improvement has also resulted in monetary rewards.
Tottenham are set to pick up a financial windfall of £52.3million (€60.1million) for their participation in this season’s Champions League competition, according to confirmed UEFA figures.
Football finance expert and blogger Swiss Ramble has revealed on their personal Twitter account that, after analysing the numbers from the Champions League’s official distribution figures, that the Lilywhites are in line to receive a massive pay cheque come the end of the season, although Liverpool’s performances in the latter stages could result in a marginal change.
English clubs Champions League 2017/18 revenue: #LFC €66m, #CFC €64m, #MCFC €62m, #THFC €60m & #MUFC €39m. Celtic get €32m, as Scottish clubs get 10% of UK TV pool if qualify for Group Stage. As #MUFC qualified via Europa League, get nothing from first half of TV pool. pic.twitter.com/WTf4GLwEQJ
— Swiss Ramble (@SwissRamble) April 17, 2018
So what does this mean moving forward?
Well, if nothing else, it must be the launchpad for Daniel Levy to have a stunning summer transfer window, to not only remain in England’s top four but to build a side capable of pushing on numerous fronts.
The club’s spending last summer was sensible, with Davinson Sanchez’s arrival from Ajax the standout deal, but these increased funds are there to help the club challenge Europe’s elite, something the current squad have already done.
A couple of big money captures could take Spurs to the next level and while it might not be Levy’s way, he might have to change his tune to bring silverware to the Lilywhite half of north London.
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