Jose Mourinho wants Arsenal knocked out of Champions League

Jose Mourinho admits that he would rather see Olympiacos reach the last 16 of the Champions League than Arsenal

Jose Mourinho has admitted that he would like to see Arsenal knocked out of the Champions League at the hands of Olympiacos next month.

Arsenal need to beat the Greek outfit in Athens on 9 December to progress to the knockout phase of Europe’s elite club competition.

The Gunners are currently in third place in Group F and three points behind second-placed Olympiacos and six behind leaders Bayern Munich.

And Chelsea boss Mourinho has revealed that he would rather see Olympiacos go through because of his friendship with their manager Marco Silva.

Mourinho is quoted as saying by the Daily Star: “[Arsenal] are in a group where a kid friend of mine Marco Silva is the manager of Olympiacos.

“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.”

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Arsenal, who beat Dinamo Zagreb 3-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday night, return to Premier League action with a trip to Norwich City on Sunday afternoon. The Gunners lost 2-1 to West Bromwich Albion last weekend.

Chelsea, meanwhile, take on London rivals Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Sunday lunchtime.

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