The former UEFA Champions League winner believes both teams can challenge Barcelona and Liverpool in the European competition.
Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho has won the UEFA Champions League trophy twice: first with Portugal’s Porto in the 2003-2004 season, then in the 2009-2010 season with Internazionale Milan from the Italian Lega Serie A.
And now, he’s not coaching anyone after being sacked by Manchester United at the end of last year, but he’s impressed by the work of English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur and Dutch Eredivisie side Ajax.
“I’m really happy for both of them,” he was quoted by Goal.
“I always used to say that when you get into the quarter-final you are there for a reason.”
He explained: “The group phase, sometimes you get a little bit lucky, sometimes your opponent is not as good as expected, sometimes you are lucky in the last-16 draw.”
“But when you get into the quarter-finals, in a very respectful way, I always say there’s a 12.5 percent chance for each team [to win].”
“When you get to the semi-finals it’s even more, 25% for each one. I wouldn’t be surprised if Ajax or Tottenham win the Champions League.”
“Okay, maybe I would be a little bit surprised, but I wouldn’t be in shock because they are in the semi-finals and one of them will go to the final and the final is a final, it’s one game. It’s 90 minutes, it’s the game of a career for the majority of the people,” he continued.
“I think they’ll both be dreaming about it and they have good reason to dream about it. Ajax is giant killers and Tottenham – we can’t say giant killers because City have no tradition of success in the Champions League – but they are a top team in the country and they beat them too. It’s a 50/50.”