English success in Champions League could make Nations League 'mess' - Southgate

English success in Champions League could make Nations League 'mess' - Southgate

The Merseyside outfit will learn their opponents for the Champions League quarter-finals when the draw is made on Friday morning.

Liverpool's emphatic win over Bayern Munich in the Champions League last 16 tonight means that all four English clubs have progressed to the quarter-final stages of the competition.

"I would like English teams to play against each other, without any kind of preference", he told RT.

It was also a display of muscle-flexing by City, Liverpool and Spurs that will have been noted by the likes of Barcelona and Juventus, the two continental heavyweights most likely to stand in the way of an English triumph in the final in Madrid on June 1.

This is the first time England has had four teams in the quarter-finals since Liverpool and United were joined by Arsenal and Chelsea in the 2008-09 campaign.

Many had high hopes for the Cottagers on their return to the Premier League, but while they've been decent going forward, their porous defence has cost them time-and-time again.

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As well as the all-English encounters, Mourinho also outlined which other draws he would like to see, including who he would like his native side, and former employers, Porto to get.

"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.

"There are worse teams that have done well and got to finals".

The other clubs to have booked their spots are European giants Juventus and Barcelona, and surprise packages Porto and Ajax - the latter of whom dethroned Real Madrid last week.

"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.

For many in the Barça dressing room, Pep Guardiola's Manchester City are the odds-on favourites to win the Champions League this year.

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