If the last round of the Champions League was anything to go by, it’s that the competition hasn’t lost its magic.
From Ajax dumping out Real Madrid to late drama at PSG, the round of 16 didn’t disappoint and it now seems almost impossible to predict the outcome of the quarter-final stage.
However, Jose Mourinho has already looked beyond the next hurdle, pinpointing two teams who he thinks will go all the way to the final.
The Portuguese began this season’s tournament with Man United, reaching the curtain closing game of the group stage before receiving his marching orders.
He now has to watch his former side face Barcelona in the quarter-finals in just over two weeks’ time.
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And despite his links with United in this season’s competition, he doesn’t think they’ll make the final come May.
In fact, he predicts that they’ll bow out at the next stage as he feels Barcelona will go all the way, coming up against Juventus in Madrid.
Speaking to calciomercato, Mourinho said: 'Favorites? I would say Juve and Barcelona. Everyone talks about Ronaldo and Messi but I prefer to talk about Juve and Barca.
“The English teams, Ajax and Porto are good sides too but they don't have the same amount of experience. When you have Ronaldo or Messi, it certainly gives you a big plus.”
Juventus come up against Ajax in the last eight as they hope to avoid the upset Real Madrid endured in the previous round whilst Barca face United.
The former has won the competition twice whilst the latter have five top European titles to their name with the most recent one coming in 2015.
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