Drogba and Mourinho have quarterfinal preferences

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Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has said he wants to avoid both English teams in the Champions League quarter-final draw on Friday.

Carlo Ancelotti's side cruised through to the last-eight after a goalless draw with FC Copenhagen at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, following their two-goal win in Denmark three weeks ago.

They join European giants Barcelona, Real Madrid and Inter Milan in the quarterfinals, but it's the English duo of Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United that the Ivory Coast striker would prefer to avoid in Friday's draw.

“I think it would be great for Chelsea to play a team from another country, not an English team," Drogba said.

“England can then have more chances in this competitions but if we have to play an English team then we will do.


“There are a lot of big teams in the quarter-finals, it’s difficult to say that you want to avoid Manchester United and then you end up playing Barcelona. They’re all big teams so we’ll see where we get.

Drogba's former coach at Chelsea, Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho, also singled out who he'd preferred not to face in the next knock-out phase of the competition, targeting his former clubs as those he'd like to avoid.

"I prefer to avoid Inter and Chelsea because, emotionally, it's difficult to play against ex-teams," he said.

"If we get them, we get them. We're professionals. If I have to face those who were my people, I will do it, but I will be obliged to prepare myself more psychologically than against other teams that aren't in my heart."

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