Jose Mourinho: Why I’m happy for Arsenal and Man City
The Chelsea boss was pleased to see his side's Premier League rivals reach the last 16 of the Champions League
Jose Mourinho insists that he was “happy” to see Arsenal and Manchester City qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League.
The Gunners booked their spot in the knockout round of Europe’s elite club competition as group runners-up behind Borussia Dortmund.
City, meanwhile, secured their place in the round of 16 thanks to an impressive 2-0 win over Roma on Wednesday night.
And Mourinho, whose Chelsea side qualified top of their group, insisted that he was pleased to see their Premier League rivals make it through.
“I am happy Man City and Arsenal went through because I work in England and I care about the prestige of English football,” said Mourinho.
“We have also Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton in the Europa League so I wish them well too.
“At the same time it is good for us if direct opponents in the Premier League are involved in European competitions.
“Man United are not, they have the same advantage Liverpool had last year in the Premier League and it is a big advantage.”
Looking ahead to the last 16 draw, Mourinho continued: “We have five possible opponents and everyone is hard.
“People may think Basel is easy but we lost twice against them last year and they beat Liverpool and a few years ago they beat Man United, so I don’t think they are easy.
“Paris would be good because it is easy for us to travel and the fans to travel, but we can’t decide the draw.”