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Champions League draw: Mourinho reveals who he wants Man United to face

Discussion in 'Champions League and Europa League' started by Real Tosin, Mar 14, 2019.

  1. Real Tosin

    Real Tosin Active Member

    Ahead of the quarter finals draw expected to take place tomorrow former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho admits he would like to see his former side face a Premier League rival in the Champions League quarter-finals.

    The draw for the quarter finals of the competition is scheduled for 11am on Friday in Nyon with United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham, Juventus, Barcelona, Ajax and Porto all waiting to see who they will meet.

    For the first time since 2009 half of the last eight in UEFA's flagship club competition hail from the Premier League after United, Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester City all made progess.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side will learn their opponents for the last eight of the competition following a stunning comeback against Paris Saint-Germain and the prospect of getting a fellow Premier League club in Friday’s draw is likely.

    When asked about his ideal quarter-final line-up, Mourinho told RT: ‘I would like English teams to play against each other, without any kind of preference.
    ‘But I would do two matches between English teams, which would mean two teams would be in the semi-finals.

    ‘I think if the draw gives something like Manchester City versus Manchester United, or Tottenham against Liverpool, for example, I think would be absolutely fantastic matches.


    Trilled by his former clubs Porto and the exploit of Ajax who knocked out defending champions Real Madrid, Mourinho revealed that he would like to see Porto face Ajax in the quarters to guarantee that one of the lesser-fancied sides stays in.

    ‘My second choice would be not by tactical or emotional reasons but by what I think would be fantastic extra motivation I would do Ajax versus Porto, as that would mean one of them reach the semi-finals.

    ‘They are doing so, so well during the competition that I think it would be amazing for one of them. It would be amazing for Portugal as a country, Netherlands as a country, to have a team in the semi-final.

    After a stunning performance from Ronaldo that helped Juventus overturned a 2-0 first-leg deficit to beat Atletico Madrid and a brilliant response from Lionel Messi the following day which spice up the debate of who is the best in the world, Mourinho reveals that although there is a l possibility of a Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi clash in the last eight, however, he would prefer it if Juve and Barcelona were kept apart on Friday.

    ‘I wouldn’t like Juventus against Barcelona because I think it would be something really special Barcelona against Juventus in a possible final or semi-final.

    ‘Two great teams that are not being successful in the Champions League for a few years, of course Juventus so much more than Barcelona and led by two big players Cristiano [Ronaldo] and [Lionel] Messi is something I wouldn’t waste on a quarter-final, I would wait a little bit more.’
     

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