Mourinho sees Premier League pairings as ideal Champions League quarter-final line-up

Manchester City beat Tottenham 1-0 in the Premier League last October. Net

Manchester City beat Tottenham 1-0 in the Premier League last October. Net

Tottenham were the first of the English teams to book their spot in the last-8 this season after they brushed aside a muted Borussia Dortmund.

Everything inevitably comes to an end at some point but if an English team is to win the Champions League this season, they are likely to have to beat a team containing Messi or Ronaldo, or defeat both, in order to claim the trophy.

"They would all need a period where they would need to psychologically switch off, and we'd have to look at Champions League final players when we got to it".

"Let's say if two of our teams made it to the Champions League final, then we wouldn't see them, at best, until the Monday before we play on the Thursday". It's only the second time in the Champions League era that Spurs have reached this particular stage.

England manager Gareth Southgate expressed concern that the success of Premier League clubs in the Champions League could make for a messy go of things for the Three Lions in the Nations League final four on June 5 and 6.

"It would be unbelievable for Portugal as a country, Netherlands as a country, to have a team in the semi-final".

The draw for the next round takes place on Friday and will outline which clubs will meet in the last eight and who could potentially face off in the semi-finals and final.

The other clubs to have booked their spots are European giants Juventus and Barcelona, and surprise packages Porto and Ajax - the latter of whom dethroned Real Madrid last week.

Memorable quarter-final matches include that sensational 7-1 triumph over Roma - they lost the first clash 2-1 - during which they romped into a 4-0 half-time lead.

Many had high hopes for the Cottagers on their return to the Premier League, but while they've been decent going forward, their porous defence has cost them time-and-time again.

"So when they score goals, a lot of it is between themselves".

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