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Atletico Madrid could miss out on €15-20 million if UCL group-stage exit becomes reality

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It has not been the most ideal of starts to the season for Atletico Madrid. Los Rojiblancos are already well behind bitter rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona in the La Liga title race while their UEFA Champions League campaign is also in a delicate situation.

Drawn in Group B along with the likes of Bayer Leverkusen, FC Porto and Club Brugge, Diego Simeone’s side are currently third in the standings, with just four points from four matches so far in the competition.

Indeed, Atletico have won just one of their four games and find themselves six points behind leaders Club Brugge and two below Porto in second. With Bayer Leverkusen only a point off of them, Simeone & co. find themselves in a muddle at the moment.

Atletico face Leverkusen on Wednesday before completing their group-stage assignment with a trip to Porto in early November. And for them to stand a chance of qualifying, the Colchoneros need to bag all points possible. If not, they will have to hope that results elsewhere go in their favour.

But with the possibility of a group-stage elimination looming large, if such a scenario materialises, it could have a drastic impact on Atletico Madrid’s finances, reports MARCA.

As per the report, the Spanish capital club could stand to miss out on as much as €15-20 million at the very least, in case they do not qualify for the Round of 16 of the Champions League. Not to mention the damage it will bring to the club in terms of pride.

It is no secret that Atletico are in a precarious situation financially and are in need of generating extra income. President Enrique Cerezo had said earlier in the summer that the club would need to make around €40 million, although some sources indicate the figure could be as high as €60 million.

With the situation being as it is, crashing out of the Champions League at the group stage and missing out an additional revenue of around €15-20 million will be a major blow.

It could possibly force Atletico Madrid to sell players in the January transfer window. Joao Felix has already been linked with a winter exit, while Rodrigo De Paul could be another candidate for a possible sale, even though the club president insisted otherwise.

It goes without saying that Atletico Madrid will need to make the most of their upcoming Champions League clashes against Leverkusen and Porto.

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Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid

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Coming off a highly controversial game against Almeria, Real Madrid will now travel to Gran Canaria to take on Las Palmas tomorrow as part of the early kick-off.

Carlo Ancelotti spoke about the clash tomorrow, starting off by confirming his goalkeeper for tomorrow, “Lunin will start tomorrow.”

He also added that Madrid were looking to get back to their usual level after back-to-back poor performances, one of which included elimination against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey round of 16.

“We are motivated to return to our best level after 2 bad games.”

The Italian gaffer also commented on the biggest football story in the world today, which was Jurgen Klopp announcing his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season.

“It’s quite surprising, I understand. Working for a long time with the same club and players lowers your motivation a bit. He’s doing a fantastic job at Liverpool.”

And of course, Ancelotti also spoke about the leaked VAR audiovisual, some of which are highly controversial for all parties involved. Barcelona coach and players have also commented on the same, in light of the Negreira case.

“They have talked a lot. Everyone knows what has happened in the last 20 years in Spanish football. The Civil Guard is carrying out an investigations. That is the real problem of Spanish football.”

Luckily for the manager and fans, all injured players — minus the ACL trio of David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois — are available. Jude Bellingham is suspended, however.

“Everyone is available now after the recent period of injuries.”

“Making up for Bellingham’s absence tomorrow? Brahim and Joselu are available options. They were able to show themselves after I relied on them as substitutes,” he added.

And as far as Militao and Courtois are concerned, both of whom tore their ACL early in the season, Ancelotti suggested that they could make their return before the season ends.

“Courtois and Militão both have the option to play this season. The recovery process is going very well, they are training on an individual level. It is February and these types of injuries last 6-8 months, so I think they will recover before the end of the season.”

Source: Mundo Deportivo

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