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Jose Mourinho picks out the two favourites to win the Champions League

By Ben Green

Published: 10:44, 26 March 2019

Jose Mourinho has revealed his Champions League final prediction, with the Portuguese coach believing Juventus and Barcelona will lock horns at the Wanda Metropolitano.

The former Manchester United manager has unwittingly forecast an all Premier League elimination in the quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively.

His old club face Barcelona next month with the winner scheduled to take on either Liverpool or Porto in the penultimate stage of the competition.

However, Mourinho has perhaps inadvertently angered those closely associated with the Old Trafford club as believes the Catalans will prevail in both stages of Europe’s elite competition.

” Juventus and Barcelona are the two great candidates for the final victory and will reach the bottom.

“All they talk about is [Cristiano] Ronaldo and [Lionel] Messi, but I prefer to talk about Juventus and Barcelona, I will always be a football coach and football continues to be a team sport.

“Juventus and Barcelona have experience, talent and a special player each. There are these special players, the teams end up becoming the best.”

– Jose Mourinho stated in an interview with AFP.

On the opposing side of the draw, Spurs face Man City with the winner of that tie set to take on either Juventus or Ajax in the semi-finals.

It has been exactly a decade since the Premier League last made up half of the quarter-finalists in the competition, with three of them making it through to the semis that season.

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Barcelona ultimately clinched the coveted ‘Big Ears’ trophy in that famous 2008/09 season in what was the first of the two European titles Pep Guardiola won during his time in Catalonia.

The Spanish giants aren’t quite the formidable force of those halcyon days under the stewardship of the esteemed City coach, but Mourinho believes they have more than enough firepower to take them through to the final in the capital.

Man Utd take on Barcelona in the first leg at Old Trafford on April 10 before travelling to the Camp Nou for the return fixture on April 16.