How Aston Villa’s canny financial approach paved the way back to the Champions League

Bayer Leverkusen’s first Bundesliga title and Aston Villa’s Champions League qualification show less well-off clubs can still gatecrash the party

Ollie Watkins celebrates scoring for Aston Villa. Qualification for the Champions League, which gives clubs a 22 per cent rise in revenue carve-up because of its extended format, is manna from heaven. Picture: Getty