Mourinho on UCL draw: City vs Utd, Spurs vs Liverpool would be fantastic matches

Mourinho on UCL draw: City vs Utd, Spurs vs Liverpool would be fantastic matches

Jose Mourinho has experience of all-English showdowns in the Champions League and is hoping to see another in the quarter-finals


The draw for the next round takes place on Friday and will outline which clubs will meet in the last eight and who could potentially face off in the semi-finals and final.

Mourinho knows from firsthand experience how emotional all-Premier League encounters in Europe can be, having overseen several titanic clashes against Liverpool in the Champions League during his first stint as Chelsea manager, including the semi-finals in 2005 and 2007 respectively.

This season there are four English sides in the hat for the next round of European’s elite competition - Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham - and ahead of the draw Mourinho was asked about his preferred quarter-final line-up.

“I would like English teams to play against each other, without any kind of preference,” the former Chelsea and United coach told Russian programme 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 versus Manchester United, or Tottenham against Liverpool, for example, I think they would be absolutely fantastic matches.”

Two English sides met in last season’s Champions League, of course, when Liverpool eliminated Manchester City in the quarter-final stage. However, prior to that the last meeting between Premier League sides in the Champions League 

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