Mourinho wants Wenger to be out of Champions League

Sankha Ghosh / 26 November 2015

Mourinho has kick-started his war of words with Arsene Wenger once again as he surprisingly claimed it will be fantastic if Arsenal are out of the Champions League.

Arsenal finally gave themselves a lifeline after beating Dinamo Zagreb in their last Champions League encounter.

Wenger’s troop can still make it to the last 16 if they manage to see off Olympiakos by two clear goals in the last group match, or even level the 3-2 margin of win the Greek champions achieved at Emirates in first leg.

However Jose Mourinho, after guiding Chelsea within a point of the knockout stages with a 4-0 away victory to Maccabi Tel Aviv, is claiming it will be a Greek tragedy for Arsene Wenger in two weeks.

Though he insisted that his usual preference goes for English clubs to progress, but also rocked the media by saying, this time it would be an exception in Arsenal’s case.

He clarified his statement, “They (Arsenal) are in a group where a kid friend of mine, Marco Silva, is the manager of Olympiakos.

“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.”

Apart from hoping his countryman Marco Silva beats Wenger, Jose Mourinho has to deal with the most likely loss of John Terry following the Englishman’s ankle injury in Israel.

If scans reveal Terry’s ankle is significantly damaged then Chelsea will be without their skipper for six games in the coming month, starting with away match against Tottenhamon Sunday.

Although the Chelsea captain’s defensive partner Gary Cahill has claimed nothing can halt Chelsea’s revival as they have won three of their last four matches in all competitions.

“It’s important we keep this momentum going,” Cahill told after the win against Makavi. “First and foremost for the Champions League and to make sure we put ourselves in a position to try to qualify top.

“But as well to build the momentum off the back of the Norwich result and to keep building these wins to turn this around.”

Chelsea’s chances in Champions League have been boosted after the news came that Dynamo Kiev have been fined £70,000 and they have to play their next 2 European home matches behind closed doors.

Dynamo Kiev faces the UEFA punishment following racist behaviour by Kiev supporters and crowd disturbances during the match against Chelsea last month and the punishment means the Ukrainian outfit must play Maccabi Tel Aviv in their Group G final match without home support.

Chelsea will next face Porto in the last group game, who suffered a defeat against Dynamo Kiev, in Stamford Bridge and Cahill further said: “We knew, if we won, it would be in our hands so bring it on.”

The same motive will inspire the Spurs also at White Hart Lane on Sunday; with the Blues are 10 points behind their London rivals in the Premier League.

“They’re playing very well at the minute,” said Cahill. “I’ve no doubt it’ll be an entertaining game and one where we’re hoping to be on the end of a right result.”

 

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