Jose Mourinho hopes Olympiacos knock Arsenal out

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Jose Mourinho wants Arsenal to be knocked out of the Champions League, but for once his ill-wish on the Gunners was not inspired by his distaste for Arsene Wenger.

The Chelsea manager has made his feelings towards Wenger perfectly clear in the past, once accusing the Frenchman of being a voyeur before infamously labelling him a 'specialist in failure'.

So it is with no surprise that Mourinho said he hoped to see Olympiacos qualify from Champions League Group F, following Bayern Munich, who have already solidified their place as group winners.


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But the Special One made it clear that he was not wishing for an Arsenal destruction in Greece because of his loathing of Wenger. He is simply hoping Marco Silva, the Portuguese coach of Olympiacos, does well.

The two share a close relationship and Mourinho would like nothing better to see Silva overcome the Gunners on December 9.

Friends first

He told reporters: "I would always like English teams to qualify, first.

"They [Arsenal] are in a group where a kid friend of mine is the manager of Olympiacos 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 Olympiacos to go on and we know that Bayern go through for sure."

The situation

Arsenal travel to the home of Olympiacos with a less than impressive record against their Greek champions. In three previous away encounters, the Gunners have come away defeated each time.

So not only do they have to win, but they will have to win by a two-goal margin to overcome the 3-2 result Olympiakos achieved at the Emirates. If they match that result, Arsenal will qualify on goal difference.

Can they do it?

Mourinho believes they can. He said that Wenger's men are perfectly capable of getting the result in Athens. Alternatively, if they do go out, Mourinho believes they will be favourites to win the Europa League.

He said: "The reality is that Arsenal can still do it. Arsenal can perfectly go to Athens and win.

"Even doing 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. 

"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 - they have a lot to play for."

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