Jose Mourinho has revealed he wouldn’t mind if Arsenal lost their spot in the Champions League Round of 16 to Olympiacos.
Mourinho’s reason is simple: Olympiacos’ manager, Marco Silva, is an old friend of his.
Mourinho said: “I would always like English teams to qualify, first. Arsenal are in a group where a kid friend of mine is the manager of Olympiakos and it would be fantastic for the kid’s career to go through.
“So I have to be honest and say that I would like the kid and Olympiakos to go on, and we know that Bayern go through for sure.”
Mourinho however acknowledged that it’d take something huge for Arsene Wenger’s boys to not make the final 16.
“The reality is that Arsenal can still do it. Arsenal can perfectly go to Athens and win.”
“Even having a bad group phase – because to lose at home to Olympiakos and to lose in Zagreb and to lose six points they should win is bad – they can qualify.”
“It’s not my problem, it’s their problem, but the reality is that first of all they can qualify, and secondly if they go into the Europa League then they become favourites to win.”
“So I think they can have success in the Champions League by going to the next round and they can succeed in the Europa League because then they become favourites, so I think they have a lot to play for.”