Tottenham’s heroics in Marseille – that saw them cement top spot in Group D – have earned Antonio Conte’s January transfer funds a welcome boost ahead of the winter window, writes the Express. Spurs fought back from 1-0 down at half-time to record a famous victory that was sealed via Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s emphatic finish deep into stoppage time at the Stade Velodrome.
Spurs were facing the brutal prospect of elimination from the competition at the interval before they battled back to salvage the match from the jaws of defeat.
On-loan defender Clement Lenglet equalised in the 54th minute as Spurs wrestled back some control but Marseille still had several notable chances to win the hectic contest.
Tottenham had to do it the hard way too without their head coach Antonio Conte, who was watching on from the stands due to his touchline ban sustained in last week’s dramatic 1-1 draw with Sporting.
Nonetheless, the Italian will have been delighted with the spirit and fight his players showed to turn the game on its head and now he is set to reap the rewards of the crucial result.
That’s because qualification for the last 16 was worth £8.2million in prize money alone for Spurs, making the victory even more significant.
With Tottenham expected to invest in the January transfer window, it’s the kind of boost that will be welcomed by Conte, Fabio Paratici and Daniel Levy.
Furthermore, group stage wins are also worth £2.4m while draws earn clubs around £800,000.
It means Danish warrior Hojbjerg’s last-minute stunner was technically worth £1.6m in itself.
The Champions League prize money workings above do not even take into consideration other alternative factors such as TV revenue, gate receipts, match-day revenue and more.
Ultimately, that’s why Europe’s elite club competition and securing a top-four in the Premier League is worth so much to top-flight teams and owners.
Tottenham are expected to target a new wide player in the January window as Paratici looks to bolster Conte’s impressive frontline that has been stretched by injuries this term.
Son Heung-min is now expected to join Richarlison and Dejan Kulusevski on the sidelines (only a short spell) in line with the Premier League’s concussion protocol after suffering a head injury in Marseille.
Spurs have really missed their efficient Swede in attack after he suffered a setback in his rehabilitation from a hamstring injury.
Bryan Gil, who was due to join Valencia on loan on transfer deadline day before the deal collapsed, has looked lightweight despite receiving more game time in recent weeks and he could now depart on loan – although he will only be allowed to leave if Tottenham find a replacement.
That is now the priority for Spurs this winter and their Champions League prize money boost will certainly give them more cash to play with.
Lucas Moura looks set to remain in north London as he seeks to see out the remainder of his Spurs contract but the Brazilian is likely to be the subject of interest due to his lack of minutes this term – despite starting in Marseille.