All-English showdowns in Champions League quarterfinals would be 'fantastic' - Jose Mourinho

Paola Ditto
Marzo 15, 2019

Two English sides met in last season's Champions League, of course, when Liverpool eliminated Manchester City in the quarter-final stage. Messi was instrumental during Barca's 5-1 Nou Camp win against Lyon on Wednesday, scoring twice and creating the others for the Spanish champions, while Ronaldo's hat-trick against Atletico Madrid in Turin 24 hours earlier was just the latest chapter in the Juventus forward's incredible Champions League story.

"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".

Although they won't say so publicly, behind closed doors Barcelona players are quite sure about who they would rather face in the quarter finals of the Champions League, after seeing off Olympique Lyon this week. United rolled back the days with their performance in Paris as well.

Tottenham were the first of the English teams to book their spot in the last-8 this season after they brushed aside a muted Borussia Dortmund.

"I think, to be fair to the front three, they don't have the most creative midfield behind them". He helped Real win four of the past five Champions Leagues and it is hard to imagine the Spanish giants winning any of them without the Portuguese star's contribution.

"So when they don't fire, it really affects the team".

"We've been in a semifinal, qualified six months ago and what a great opportunity to win something, and then you don't actually get the team together".

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. It's only the second time in the Champions League era that Spurs have reached this particular stage.

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