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Mourinho wants all-English Champions League quarter-finals

Jose Mourinho is keen to see all four English sides paired together in today’s Champions League quarter-final draw.

It is the first time since back in 2009 that the Champions League quarter-finals will feature four English sides, with Man City and Liverpool this week joining Man Utd and Spurs in the last eight.

With the draw for the quarters set to take place on Friday at 11am GMT, former Manchester United and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho would love to see all four sides paired against each other.

“I would like English teams to play against each other, without any kind of preference,” Mourinho told Russian broadcaster, RT.

“But I would do two matches between English teams, which would mean two teams would be in the semi-finals.

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“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.”

He also wanted the two underdogs, Porto and Ajax, to be drawn together to ensure one of them make it into the last four.

“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 to reach the semi-finals,” he added.

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“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.”

However, that would leave Juventus and Barcelona to play each other in the remaining quarter-final, but the Portuguese thinks that it would be a tie worthy of the latter stages of the tournament, a game which would see old adversaries Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo once again come face to face.

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“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,” he said.

“Two great teams that are not being successful in the Champions League for a few years, of course Juventus so much more than Barcelona.

“Two big players in Cristiano (Ronaldo) and (Lionel) Messi is something I wouldn’t waste on a quarter-final, I would wait a little bit more.”

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