Azulgranas and rojiblancos play their presence in the next round of the highest continental competition on the last day. In both cases they will do it outside the home. Those of Barcelona depend on themselves, while the rojiblancos must win and see the goal difference if AC Milan beat Liverpool.
The Champions League is the most prestigious tournament at club level, something that is also reflected in its rewards for advancing to the round. The teams that advance to the eighth receive 9.5 million euros, to which 10’5 can be added for reaching the quarterfinals, 12’5 for being in the semifinals, 15’5 for being a finalist and 4’5 for obtaining the qualification. In total, 52.5 more than what was harvested in the group stage and television income.
Not being in the round of 16 means not winning those 9.5 million euros. If they finish third in their group, they should first pass a preliminary phase in the Europa League that would give them 0.5M for playing it. From there, the figures would be 1’2M for reaching the round of 16, 1’8M for doing the same in the quarterfinals, 2’8 for being a semifinalist, 4’6 for playing the game for the title and 4 for obtaining it.
The conclusion is that, to obtain the 9.5 million euros that are entered for being present in the knockout stages of the Champions League, a club should reach the final to accumulate 10.9, since being a semifinalist would leave it at 6.3 . However, beyond figures and financial balances, for two clubs like FC Barcelona and Atlético de Madrid it is a matter of sporting prestige to be among the 16 best on the continent.
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