Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has said that he wants his side to be paired with French champions Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last-16 draw on Monday.
The Blues sailed into the knockout stages with an excellent group-stage showing, winning four matches – including a 5-0 routing away at Schalke – and drawing the other two.
As a result, the West Londoners have presumably guaranteed themselves a so-called fairer tie in the last 16, but Mourinho feels there are potential ‘sharks’ who could be paired against his side on Monday.
By that, the Portuguese coach refers to possible matchups against Serie A champions Juventus and French giants Paris Saint-Germain – the duo finishing as runners-up in their respective groups.
The Stamford Bridge outfit can’t be drawn against English opponents plus group stage opponents Schalke 04, therefore the five remaining possibilities are Bayer Leverkusen, PSG, Juventus, Basel or Shakhtar Donetsk.
When asked on his preferred opponents ahead of the draw, Mourinho stunned reporters by favouring a repeat of last season’s entertaining quarter-final showdown.
“We don’t have much choice, there are only five possibilities, but to make it easy for everybody, I would say Paris Saint-Germain,” he told the club’s official website.
“It’s easy for us to travel, easy for the fans to travel and they won’t have to spend a lot of money to go there.
“They are a very good team and I would prefer a really good team, which will motivate the boys. So, if I could choose, even though I can’t, I would say Paris.”