Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho has said he would like to see Greek champions Olympiacos qualify for the round of 16 at the expense of London rivals Arsenal.
The controversial coach made this known while addressing newsmen after his team moved top of their group after a 4-0 whitewash over Macabbi Tel Aviv in Israel.
According to him, he hopes Arsene Wenger’s men are eliminated from the competition because his friend Marco Silva is in charge of the Greek club, Goal.com reports.
Mourinho said: “I would always like English teams to qualify, first.
However, the manager believes Arsenal are capable of reaching the last-16, despite the odds against them having lost on all three previous visits to Olympiacos.
Mourinho’s remarks comes after Arsene Wenger had promised that his team can complete their Champions League fightback after setting up a win-or-bust showdown in Athens.
Wenger’s side will need to better Olympiakos’ 3-2 win at the Emirates to go through on the head-to-head.