How much money Chelsea will make for reaching Champions League semi-final revealed
The Blues will bank another healthy sum for reaching the last four of the competition, where Real Madrid or Liverpool await.
Chelsea are into the Champions League semi-finals thanks to a 2-1 aggregate win over Porto – and to add another layer of good news their progression will be worth at least another €12m (£10.4m) in prize money.
Thomas Tuchel’s side may have lost last night’s second leg 1-0 but that scoreline barely tells the story of a dull encounter in which Porto had been unably to lay a glove on the Blues until Mehdi Taremi’s remarkable own goal three minutes into injury time.
It was only their second attempt on target as Chelsea controlled proceedings without every having to over-exert themselves – the first-leg goals from Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell proving sufficient.
The West London club had already earned €79.8m (£69.2m) from Europe this season – a sum that would have been enhanced even further if stadiums had been open.
Only Bayern Munich, who were knocked out by PSG in last night’s other tie, and potential semi-final opponents Real Madrid have banked more.
Chelsea will face Zinedine Zidane’s Real or last season’s Premier League winners Liverpool in the last four. They meet in their second leg tonight with the La Liga side leading 3-1 after their initial meeting in the Spanish capital last Tuesday.
Manchester City hold a slender lead over Borussia Dortmund going into their second leg this evening.
The semi-finals are scheduled to take place on 27/28 April and 4/5 May and reaching the final would be worth another €15m (£13m), with an additional €4m (£3.5m) for the eventual winners.