The highly respected footballeconomy.com puts the cost of Newcastle missing out on Champions League football at a minimum of £20m but if Chelsea’s flukey run continues this season they would earn around £48m just from TV! With estimates that clubs can usually expect to double that figure when taking into account other revenue streams.
Chelsea can expect to earn a total of £45m in television cash from Uefa for their Champions League campaign this year. This will increase by £2.8m if they win the trophy. Clubs can usually double that income from ticket sales, sponsorship and merchandise. The income is particularly important for Chelsea given their need to comply with financial fair play rules.
If Chelsea win the final and finish outside of the top four in the Premier League, they will take the place of the fourth placed team, currently Newcastle United. The team that missed out would lose at least £20m.
No wonder Roman Abramovich was telling most of his players to put their feet up after the first leg against Barca, knowing the odds are loaded against Chelsea qualifying via the league, with everything being thrown at the Champions League.