Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has revealed that he wants Arsenal to be dumped out of the UEFA Champions League by Olympiakos.
The Gunners are hoping to qualify for the last 16 of the Uefa Champions league but they must beat Olypiakos 2-0 or score at least 3 goals irrespective of the margin.
Arsenal defeated Dynamo Zagreb 3-0 to give themselves hope of qualifying for the knockout stages.
However with English teams not doing too well in the champions league, they are at risk of losing one of their champions league spot should their performance be poor this season but Mourinho still prefers Olympiakos to go through instead of Arsenal.
“I would always like English teams to qualify, first,” he told reporters.
“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.
However, Mourinho believes Arsenal who produced a superb performance against Bayern Munich at the Emirates a fortnight ago could still turn the situation around at Greece.
“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.”