Jose Mourinho reveals who he wants old side Manchester United to draw in the Champions League quarter-finals
- Jose Mourinho is keen to see two all-English Champions League quarter-finals
- He said that City vs United, and Spurs vs Liverpool would be ‘fantastic matches’
- Mourinho would like Juventus and Barcelona to be kept apart until later on
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.
The draw for the quarter-finals will take place in Nyon on Friday and, despite having left his job in the Old Trafford hot-seat in December, Mourinho will be an interested spectator.
Jose Mourinho (centre) is keen to see two all-English Champions League quarter-finals
‘I would like English teams to play against each other, without any kind of preference,’ he told RT. ‘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 vs Manchester United, or Tottenham against Liverpool, for example, I think would be absolutely fantastic matches.’
Mourinho’s former clubs also include Porto and Real Madrid, who were knocked out in stunning fashion by Ajax in the round of 16. And he would like to see Porto face Ajax in the quarters to guarantee that one of the lesser-fancied sides stays in.
He explained: ‘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.’
Rivals Manchester United and City are both in the last eight of Europe’s premier tournament
Juventus overturned a 2-0 first-leg deficit to beat Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night thanks to a hat-trick from Cristiano Ronaldo. That result created the possibility of a Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi clash in the last eight, but Mourinho would prefer it if Juve and Barcelona were kept apart on Friday.
He added: ‘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 and Messi is something I wouldn’t waste on a quarter-final, I would wait a little bit more.’
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick on Tuesday to see Juventus knock out Atletico Madrid