Pep Guardiola hopes former club Bayern Munich beat Liverpool and join Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-finals.
Schalke were ruthlessly swept aside by City at the Etihad as an emphatic seven-goal haul saw them cruise into the last eight courtesy of a 10-2 aggregate victory.
City’s progression means there will be at least three English teams in the quarter-final of a Champions League campaign for the first time since 2010/11.
Liverpool will look to make that four by navigating Wednesday’s last-16 second leg at the Allianz Arena, but Guardiola hopes City’s title rivals stumble at his old club.
“I’m sorry for the English people but I want Bayern to go through,” Guardiola said. “I am part of this club. I love Munich. I love Bayern. I have a lot of friends there.”
City’s 10-2 aggregate win over Schalke was the biggest-ever by an English side in a Champions League knockout tie.
The emphatic victory was made all the more impressive by City coping with just one recognised central defender, with Vincent Kompany, Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones out injured.