Jose Mourinho does not expect any of the Premier League’s four Champions League quarter-finalists to reach the final after predicting who he expects to predict the Madrid showpiece.
The quarter-final and semi-final draw was made earlier this month, allowing teams to see a clear path through to the showpiece at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
Tottenham face Manchester City in an all-English quarter-final, with the winner facing whoever advances from Ajax’s tie with Juventus.
On the other side of the draw, Manchester United take on Barcelona, while Liverpool will look to find a way past Porto for the second season running.
But former Manchester United manager Mourinho feels that Juventus and Barcelona, with the respective powers of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi behind them, will reach the final – and the football betting odds back up the Portuguese’s predictions.
“Juventus and Barcelona are the two great candidates for the competition and will reach the final,” he told AFP.
“All they talk about Ronaldo and Messi, but I prefer to talk about Juve and Barcelona.
“I will always be a football coach and football continues to be a team sport. The Bianconeri and Blaugrana have experience, talent and a special player each.
“The English teams, Ajax and Porto are good sides too but they don’t have the same amount of experience.”
Mourinho, meanwhile, has set a date for his managerial return and could not resist a subtle dig at both Mauricio Pochettino and Jurgen Klopp in the process.