Jose Mourinho has issued warnings to Liverpool and Manchester City ahead of their Champions League quarter-final matches against Porto and Tottenham.
Liverpool, who thumped Porto 5-0 in Europe last season, welcome the Portuguese side to Anfield on Tuesday evening for the first leg of the last-eight tie.
On the same night, Premier League champions Man City travel to north London to face Spurs.
Liverpool and Manchester City will both be expected to progress in the Champions League but Mourinho expects Tottenham and Porto to have a say in the ties.
On City’s clash with Spurs, the former Manchester United manager told RT: ‘Of course City is a candidate to win the competition.
‘But the first Champions League big night at the new [Tottenham] stadium I believe will be extra motivation for the whole Spurs family.
‘I wouldn’t be surprised if Spurs give City a hard night.’
Mourinho also expects Porto to trouble Liverpool and says it will be ‘almost impossible’ for the Reds to secure another 5-0 win as they did last year.
‘Liverpool will go for a victory,’ said Mourinho, who was sacked by United in December.
‘They know last season 5-0 against Porto is out of context and almost impossible to repeat, but they will go for a victory and Porto of course wants a result to leave it open for the second leg like they did against Roma [in the last 16].’
Tottenham played their first game in their new stadium on Wednesday night and clinched a 1-0 victory over Premier League rivals Crystal Palace.
And Tuesday’s clash against Man City will be ‘one of the most important games’ of Mauricio Pochettino’s managerial career.
‘Yes – this is going to be one of the most important games,’ the Spurs boss said on Monday. ‘For us, it is a bonus to play in the quarter-finals.
‘We are going to try to beat them. The objective is to be in the semi-finals but it is going to be tough because Manchester City are a very good team and we respect them.’
Jurgen Klopp, meanwhile, has said his Liverpool side are on ‘fire’ ahead of their Champions League quarter-final.
‘To be in the situation we are, we had to pretty much win all the games. We are used, this season, to this situation,’ the German manager said.
‘It’s such a good time, you can feel it in this moment. We are in two big competitions, but we have to use this situation.
‘We have not finished our development. We want to write a few proper things on the pages of this season.
‘We’re on fire to be honest; in training you can see it. We are really in a good way.’