Chelsea's mid-weeks are free this season. The former champions are out of the EFL Cup and are not playing Champions League football after a shocking 10th place in 2015/16.

It may be an easier schedule that allows them to 'focus on the Premier League', but missing out on Europe's elite competition has seen the Stamford Bridge club lose out on at least €70m after UEFA released the distribution of prize money and various bonuses from last season.


For reaching the last 16 in 2015/16, Chelsea pocketed €69,174,000 from their participation, performances, share of the remaining market pool and progression from the group stage.

Assuming they could have reached the last 16 again this season - Chelsea have only failed to progress from the Champions League group stage once in 14 previous attempts - the club would have been looking at a similar amount of competition money in 2016/17.

Had they gone further, to the quarter-finals, semis, or even beyond, it could have been more yet still. It's a significant source of income to lose in the space of 12 months, although the arrival of the Premier League's new television contract in summer will have cushioned any blow.

Chelsea v Manchester City - Premier League

Given the way in which UEFA divides and shares the money on offer, it wasn't actually Real Madrid that made the most last season. Rather, it was Manchester City, collecting more than €83m despite only reached the semi-finals.

Juventus (€76.3m) and Paris Saint-Germain (€70.8m) also out-earned competition runners-up Atletico Madrid despite being knocked out in the last 16 and quarter-finals respectively.

Top 12 Earning Clubs from the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League:

Club​Reached​Earnings (​€)
Manchester City​Semi-Finals​​€83.9m
Real Madrid​Winners​€80m​
Juventus​Last 16​€76.3m​
Paris Saint-Germain​Quarter-Finals​€70.8m​
Atletico Madrid​Runner-Up​€69.7m​
Chelsea​Last 16​€69.2m​
​RomaLast 16​€68.5m​
Bayern Munich​Semi-Finals​€64.4m​
Arsenal​Last 16​€53.4m​
Lyon​Group Stage​€41.9m​

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