Recently crowned champions Real Madrid take on Levante at the Santiago Bernabéu in La Liga on Thursday.
In the last game, the hosts lost 1-0 to local rivals Atlético Madrid. Carlo Ancelotti rested the club’s key players in the game, contributing to their first league defeat since March.
Levante need all nine points from their remaining three games this season to hope to retain their top-flight status. In the last game, they defeated Real Sociedad 2-1 and reduced the gap to 18th place Mallorca to three points.
How to watch Real Madrid vs Levante (La Liga)
What time does the game start? Where can I watch it on TV? – Thursday’s game begins at 3:30pm EST for US viewers. However, the game will not be broadcast on conventional television channels for American audiences. Instead, the game will be broadcast over ESPN+, which can be accessed via the ESPN app on smart TVs and streaming devices.
Live Stream Options: – ESPN+ — While the game will not be televised, it can be streamed in English and Spanish via ESPN+. This is a separate service from regular ESPN and requires a separate subscription starting at $5.99 per month. Fans can sign up for ESPN+ here.
Further coverage of the Associated Press
GENEVA (AP) – Champions League winners Chelsea topped UEFA’s prize money list for last season, while traditional powers Juventus and Barcelona fell far behind in a campaign in which they spearheaded efforts to launch a more lucrative Super League.
Chelsea earned almost 120 million euros ($126.5 million) from a total fund of almost 1.9 billion euros ($2 billion) shared by the 32 Champions League clubs. That was just ahead of beaten finalists Manchester City, who received just over €119 million ($125.6 million).
Lower down the list – at least €35m ($37m) behind Chelsea and Man City – were traditional high earners Barcelona and Juventus.
Both clubs lost in the round of 16 and the UEFA list shows Barcelona earned less than €85m ($90m) and Juventus less than €83m ($88m).
The two clubs then, along with Real Madrid, led an elite group of 12 teams attempting to break away from UEFA and create their own Super League, announced a month after their Champions League exit. The project aimed to give the founding members more money and secure their place in the competition even if the team underperformed. They said the project was necessary for a struggling football industry after many clubs reported record losses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The nine other members of the Super League, including Chelsea and Man City, quickly abandoned the project amid fierce backlash from fans, national governments and UEFA, leading to its collapse within 48 hours.
The 32 Champions League clubs receive an equal entry fee, match-result bonuses, a share of their domestic broadcasting contract and a weighted payment based on their historical record in UEFA competitions.
Semi-finalists Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain each received nearly €110m ($116m) last year, the only other clubs to have received a nine-figure sum from UEFA.
Juventus and Barcelona’s prize money standings will look similar this season.
Juventus Turin was eliminated again in the round of 16 against a lower-ranked opponent. Barcelona didn’t even get out of their group and then lost in the Europa League quarter-finals.
UEFA’s 2020-21 award list again highlighted the wealth gap between the marquee Champions League and the second-tier Europa League.
The lowest UEFA payment to a Champions League club was €18.45m ($19.5m) to Ferencváros of Hungary, who lost five of their six group stage games.
Ferencváros received just €1.1m ($1.16m) from UEFA’s €585m ($618m) fund, which rewards clubs for their historic record in European competitions. In contrast, 13-time European champions Madrid received 35.5 million euros ($37.5 million) from this fund.
These “coefficient” payments started in 2018 under pressure from the European Club Association, led by the clubs that later attempted to create the Super League.
The Europa League’s club prize fund was €541m ($571m) – around 28% of the Champions League total, and was split between 56 clubs instead of 32.
Europa League winners Villarreal received 33.1 million euros ($35 million) and the team he defeated in the semifinals, Arsenal, earned just under 30 million euros ($31.6 million).
Manchester United, beaten Europa League finalists after finishing third in their Champions League group, received a total of €79.6 million ($83.6 million) from the two competitions.
€8 million ($8.4 million) from the Champions League fund was paid to the ECA, which represents nearly 250 clubs competing in UEFA competitions.
Each club has had around 5% of its prize money deducted as part of a five-year agreement to pay rebates to UEFA broadcasters and sponsors for interruptions in the pandemic-hit 2019/20 season.