Despite their 3-1 defeat in their final UEFA Champions League Group B match against Bayern Munich on Wednesday night, Jose Mourinho insists his Tottenham Hotspur will be feared in the last 16 round.
Spurs rested key players such as Jan Vertonghen, Dele Alli and Harry Kane while Son Heung-min started the match on the bench as they had already secured a second-place finish in the Group before the match.
In the last 16, they will face either Barcelona, Juventus, Paris St-Germain, Valencia or RB Leipzig who finished top of their respective groups, with the draw taking place on Monday.
Talking to reporters after the match on Wednesday, the two-time Champions League winner insisted no one would want to face Spurs in the next round.
“I think we’re one of the strongest teams from the second group. I know that we are a country that goes through a crazy period, which many, many times leaves marks on players, teams, on conditions, but by the end of February I understand my players better, they understand me better,” said Mourinho.
“We have two more months of work together and I think we’re going to be much more ready.”
In the draw for the round of 16, the eight group winners are seeded, and the eight group runners-up are unseeded.
The seeded teams are drawn against the unseeded teams, with the seeded teams hosting the second leg. Teams from the same group or the same association cannot be drawn against each other.
Teams that progressed to the last 16:
Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Juventus, Liverpool, Barcelona, RB Leipzig and Valencia.
Chelsea, Real Madrid, Lyon, Atalanta, Atlético Madrid, Napoli, Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham Hotspur.
By Ofhani Munyai