Mourinho sees Premier League pairings as ideal Champions League quarter-final line-up

Aubrey Yates
March 15, 2019

Barça players agree unanimously about the teams they hope to avoid in the next round - Manchester City and Juventus.

Mourinho, who won the competition with Porto in 2004 and Inter Milan in 2010, says he'd like to see an all-English affair for two of the quarterfinal ties.

Two English sides met in last season's Champions League, of course, when Liverpool eliminated Manchester City in the quarter-final stage.

"I would do two matches with English teams, which would mean two in the semi-finals".

The Merseyside outfit will learn their opponents for the Champions League quarter-finals when the draw is made on Friday morning.

"We'll have to work all of that out as that goes on".

In particular, Mohamed Salah has struggled to find his goalscoring boots in recent weeks, with just one goal in his last seven league matches.

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"It would be fantastic for Portugal as a country, Netherlands as a country, to have a team in the semi-final".

The biggest result was Ajax seeing off defending champions Real Madrid in incredible fashion at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Man Utd are amongst Europe's elite in the quarter-finals for the first time since 2013/14, when they lost out to Bayern Munich under former manager David Moyes.

But Mourinho is only banking on two being in the semi-finals as he revealed his preferred last eight selections. It's definitely up there with United's most dazzling nights under the lights.

Well, not quite, but one of these eight will be - and this year we are partying like the late-2000s, a period not particularly known for its cultural idiosyncrasies, because it's Premier League vs The Rest!

And fans of any English club will be left disappointed with Liverpool - should they make it through - Manchester City, United and Tottenham all having over 25,000 season-ticket holders. Barcelona against Juventus in a possible final or semi-final.

The first of which was a 3-2 aggregate win over French giants PSG, however they came unstuck against eventual winners Real Madrid in the last-4, failing to score in 180 minutes.

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