Mourinho Makes Big Claim About Portugal & Ronaldo's World Cup Push
Manchester United Boss Jose Mourinho Makes Big Claim About Portugal & Cristiano Ronaldo's World Cup Push
Speaking ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has shared his thoughts on this year's competition and how vital Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is to Portugal's chances of lifting the trophy.
The former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss, who is yet to coach at international level, will be in Russia during the competition doing some punditry work for a major Russian news agency.
During an exclusive interview recently, Mourinho gave his opinion on his country's chances of winning the tournament.
"Portugal has an interesting squad. Without Cristiano, it would be impossible. But with him nothing is impossible," the 55-year-old told ESPN Brazil.
The Red Devils boss had a similar outlook when he mentioned Argentina and FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.
"I believe that the Argentinian national team without Lionel Messi wouldn't be a contender, but with him, it is one of the favourites," he added.
Spain and Brazil also got special mentions from the Portuguese tactician.
"I very much like the basic structure of Brazil, its tactical and mentality," he continued.
"There is a mixture between Brazilian natural talent, with a serious approach, physical, tactical. It is a team capable of defending well, allowing few goals, with a good support base. And then up front with Willian, Neymar, Coutinho and Jesus. All players with outstanding qualities.
"And then we have the traditional teams of Europe, but I believe Spain is once again a real team. They were able to get together players with the same game philosophy, adapted to that playing style.
"I would say that Spain is in better condition than any other European rivals. But let's see... It is going to be entertaining to me, I'll be in Russia for a week to follow the games and then finally vacation."
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