Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has claimed that he wants to see all-English quarter-final ties in the UEFA Champions League this season.
The draw for the final eight of the continental tournament takes place on Friday with Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham, Juventus, Barcelona, Ajax and Porto, all waiting to see who they will meet.
The Red Devils knocked Paris Saint-Germain in unbelievable fashion and could now end up facing a Premier League rival in the quarter-final.
As reported by Metro, 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."
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He continued, "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."
Talking positively about the underdogs, Mourinho claimed, "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. It would be amazing for Portugal as a country, Netherlands as a country, to have a team in the semi-final."
On being asked if he would like to see Juventus face Barcelona, Mourinho concluded, "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."