There is no love loss between Jose Mourinho and Arsenal, so it is no surprise that the Chelsea manager would like to see Olympiakos reach the last 16 of the Champions League at the Gunners' expense.
Arsenal needs to win at Olympiakos -- and win by 2-0 and with more than three goals -- to avoid elimination.
Mourinho prefaced his remarks by saying he would always like English teams to
qualify first but he added he had sentimental reasons for supporting Olympiakos.
"They [Arsenal] are in a group where a kid friend of mine [Marco Silva
] is the manager of
Olympiakos and it would be fantastic for the kid's career to go through," said Mourinho. "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."
But Mourinho would not rule out Arsenal.
"The reality is that Arsenal can still do it," he added. "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. It is not my problem, it is their problem, but the
reality is first of all they can qualify and secondly if they go into the Europa League, then they become favorites."
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