Mourinho names his Champions League team of the year

Jose Mourinho has named his Champions League team of the year, including six players from winners Liverpool.

Mourinho, who has won the competition with both Porto and Inter Milan, however, named just one player from runners-up Tottenham in his side with Christian Eriksen being given the nod in midfield.

“I go to Alisson, especially because yesterday [in the final] he was there when the needed him to be there,” Mourinho told RT.

“The two full-backs also have to be Liverpool players, amazing players, [Trent] Alexander-Arnold and [Andy]Robertson. Amazing character and personality. One [Alexander-Arnold] is a local boy, another [Robertson] is a Scottish boy that a few years ago was relegated with Hull City.

“And both they are physical, they are aggressive, they are what I call in football ‘the good arrogance’, they are not afraid to play, they go forward, they participate in attack.

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“And even in a game yesterday under huge pressure they were very, very good.

“Van Dijk is a king, he is a huge personality. Positionally, a top top player.”

Mourinho also spoke on his decision to omit five-time winner and Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo from his side. Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, who finished as the tournament’s top scorer with 12 goals, was named in the forward line alongside Liverpool duo Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

“In spite of a disappointing second leg at Anfield, Messi,” Mourinho added.

“No Ronaldo with an incredible comeback against Atletico [Madrid], no Ronaldo because he didn’t reach the semifinals.

“But Messi did and did an amazing semi-final first leg too.”

Alisson (Liverpool); Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool), Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax), Andy Robertson (Liverpool); Frenkie de Jong (Ajax), Donny van de Beek (Ajax), Christian Eriksen (Tottenham); Mohamed Salah(Liverpool), Lionel Messi (Barcelona) and Sadio Mane (Liverpool).

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