Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is confident a British club can win the Champions League this season.
Ferguson was speaking after watching his team beat Benfica and join Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Celtic in the knockout stages of the competition.
“It is fantastic for British football,” said Ferguson.
“I think one of the British teams can win and I just hope it is us.
“I think the team is confident of their ability now. They know they can win games and can play and there were a lot of moments last night when I think we played some fantastic stuff.”
Wednesday night’s 3-1 win over Benfica meant that United topped Group F, but Ferguson sees no significant advantage in finishing first.
“If you were in the situation we were in you are happy to be there first of all,” he admitted.
“When we look at the possible teams we could face then there are some very good opposition there. Real Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Roma all have great history.
“I don’t know if it is an advantage for the second game to be at Old Trafford. Some people see that as an advantage but I’m not so sure that is always the case.
“But if we had been in second place we could have faced Lyon, who I think are one of the favourites, Milan, Valencia so I don’t know which is worse to be honest with you.”