With the 2018 World Cup fast approaching, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been discussing who he thinks will do well at this summers tournament in Russia.
The 55-year-old coach is tipping multiple Ballon d’Or winners Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to inspire their countries to impressive showings, while he is also backing major tournament ‘usual suspects,’ Brazil and Spain to challenge for football’s most coveted prize.
Interestingly, all the countries Mourinho has predicted will to go far in Russia have significant representation from the top clubs in the Premier League.
“Players like [Lionel] Messi and [Cristiano] Ronaldo are so good that they can make their teams better than they are on paper. So I think Argentina and Portugal can do well.
“Brazil, because of their manager Tite, can play well tactically and defensively, but they still have that natural Brazilian talent. They will be a team to watch.
“And of the European teams, Spain looked really strong in qualifying. They have a mix of good experienced players and quality players. But you never know… there can always be a surprise at the World Cup.”