Chelsea vs Leicester Champions League battle is bigger than FA Cup final, it could cost clubs financially and in the transfer market, as Liverpool get ready to pounce

At Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night, Chelsea and Leicester City will once again do battle and this time, the prize is worth a lot more.

Victory for the Foxes again would see them seal a place in the Champions League, while a win for Chelsea would put themselves in pole position for third place.

Chelsea and Leicester battle again, three days after the FA Cup final

Liverpool fans will be watching eagerly too. Alisson’s outrageous last-minute winner against West Brom sees them ready to pounce whatever the result.

After a dismal year of injuries, cup exits, and declined handshakes, Jurgen Klopp’s men could still end in the top four and get themselves into the Champions League again.

It should also be noted that Tottenham and West Ham are also sitting quietly in wait, knowing they need a miracle, but understanding anything could happen, especially this season.

Youri Tielemans’ hellacious strike in the FA Cup final was all it took for Leicester to claim the silverware for the first time in their history, but there wasn’t much between the two sides.

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Tielemans’ striker was a worthy match-winner at Wembley[/caption]

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A draw on Tuesday night would leave both sides heading into nervy final games.

Chelsea face Aston Villa on Sunday, while Leicester must do battle with Tottenham who are attempting to claim a spot in the top six, at the very least.

Chilwell thought he had equalised for Chelsea on Saturday but the Blues must now refocus and secure Champions League football

Liverpool, meanwhile, have Burnley on Wednesday – a game you can hear live on talkSPORT – and Crystal Palace on Sunday, a tantalising set of fixtures as they bid to pip one of the duo to the post.

This game, though, could end up meaning more than just the difference between Champions League and Europa League.

There will be a financial cost to missing out on Europe’s premier club competition.

Alisson was Liverpool’s unlikely hero on Sunday and has kept their top four hopes alive
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Winning the Champions League in 2019 saw Liverpool earn £95.75million, although each club receives different amounts for their participation.

Reaching the group stage gives a club a minimum £12.94m, while every win gets them £2.3m and a draw sees teams pocket £780,000.

An extra £8.19m goes into the coffers if you reach the last-16 too, plus more the further you get.

Sides are also given money based on their previous success in the tournament, with teams ranked on club coefficient points, and then another sum is also given out on the basis of league performance and how they get on in the competition.

It’s conceivable all three sides would miss out on between £35m and £50m, at the least, if we’re generous and assume they may well reach the quarter-finals.

Liverpool’s 2019 Champions League win netted them
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As well as the money, any absence from the competition, especially for Liverpool and Chelsea, diminishes their power in the transfer market.

Stars may wish to leave the club so they can remain in the Champions League.

Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah have displayed moments of disappointment in recent weeks and Liverpool could even lose one of their superstars if they are unable to usurp one of Chelsea or Leicester.

Real Madrid and Barcelona have previously been linked with the duo.


Meanwhile, it will be harder to acquire superstars like Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho.

Where before it appeared Borussia Dortmund were set to miss out playing in the competition next season, the club have secured qualification and they are in a better position to keep their stars instead of them swapping the Westfalenstadion for Anfield or Stamford Bridge.

So, Leicester may well have won the FA Cup, a glorious moment in the history of the club but they and Chelsea have far more to play for next .

And Liverpool aren’t ready to give up so easily either.

Dortmund are likely to be able to keep Haaland for at least another season now Champions League qualification is assured
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