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Champions League: The damaging effects of missing out on a top four place

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Would Gareth Bale leave Tottenham if they failed to qualify? (©GettyImages)
Would Gareth Bale leave Tottenham if they failed to qualify? (©GettyImages).

A basic fee of around €8.6 million is awarded to the teams who make the group stage of the Champions League. A win in the group is awarded with €1 million, with a draw picking up €500,000.

These fees reach dizzying heights throughout the knock-out stages, finally reaching a pinnacle of €10.5 million for the eventual victors. 

So there is no doubt as to the financial asset Champions League football has on it's qualifying teams. But that isn't all that's at stake if you loose out on a top four finish in the Premier League.

Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham have battled back and forth all season in order to claim a spot in the top four of the Premier League. If one of them misses out, it would not only mean huge financial loss, but could also mean a real makeover for the clubs line-ups.

But which team will suffer the most missing out on a spot in the top four?

Tottenham

Surely if Spurs fail to make Champions League football next season, their man of the moment and top goal scorer this season, Gareth Bale, will be looking for greener grass next season. 

Real Madrid, Barcelona and PSG are rumoured to be willing to take the Welshman off Tottenham's hands. The insistence of a player wanting to leave for one of these European giants could be too much for Tottenham to handle. Let alone the huge transfer fee Spurs could receive, rumoured to be in the region and excess of £50 million. So if Spurs do miss out on a top four finish this season, it could mean another rebuild and once again having to convince their players and fans. That they are in fact a club carrying high aspirations and how they are definitely not a 'selling club' come the start of 2013-2014.

Arsenal

If Arsenal were to fail in their aspirations for Champions League football next season, it would be for the first time in 14 seasons. Arsene Wenger has already hinted at a possible resignation at the end of the campaign, and if they fail to claim a top four spot, he might well head for the exit. 

The risk of losing out to millions of pounds in prize money could see Arsenal's transfer aspirations take a real hit too. Without the money and the status of a Champions League club, Arsenal could see players such as long term transfer target, Borussia Dortmund's Robert Lewandowski reassess his options. Let alone the bitterness of losing out to their bitter rivals, Tottenham Hotspur to a coveted top four spot.

Chelsea

If Chelsea were to miss out on a Champions League place, it would come as more of a shock than anything else. With the team they have at their disposal, they really should be making a charge for the Premier League title. It's doubtful that a club of Chelsea stature would lose players if such a mishap should occur. 

With the promise of constant investment from the clubs owner, Roman Abramovich, they would never be out of the mix too long, and the players know this. So apart from a few red faces and upset investors, it's hard to see Chelsea taking much of a hit. Either financially or through a loss of their star players.


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