If you enter the Champions League in the group phase you are guaranteed a minimum of around 17 million euros, plus prize money per point gained and money from your television market, as well as income from gate receipts.
That is still admittedly not a huge sum for one of the top 10 richest clubs in the world with income last year of close to 400 million pounds, but maybe Nuno Espirito Santo's team should focus on the possibility of lifting a rare piece of silverware.
That is still a lot to some of the clubs taking part and it does increase considerably as the competition goes on -- Tottenham, as the top-ranked participating team, could stand to pocket around 20 million euros by going all the way.
Mourinho, who took charge of a club game for the 1000th time last weekend, has won all there is to win -- including two Champions Leagues, the UEFA Cup and the Europa League -- so is he tempted by the chance to get his hands on this new trophy, or does he not care? That maybe doesn't make it sound great, but beyond them this is an opportunity for clubs from some of the continent's smaller countries to play more matches, earn more money and get more exposure.
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