Until December 18, 2019, Jose Mourinho was an active part of the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League. However, the Manchester United manager was sacked soon after, thus ending his hopes for a third Champions League title. However, that hasn’t stopped him from choosing which teams have the best chance of doing so.
Former Manchester United boss, and two-time Champions League winner, Jose Mourinho was asked which teams had the best chance of making it to the semifinals in a recent interview.
“Let me protect myself a little bit; I think every club has a chance… The results are showing that everyone has a chance. Nobody goes to the second leg thinking ‘that’s done, I qualified already’ or ‘that’s done, I have no chance,” Mourinho told Russia Today (via Metro).
While the Portuguese did play safe initially, he did select Juventus and Barcelona as two likely candidates to progress further in the competition.
“You know, Barcelona and Juventus they have a little advantage. Barcelona is winning one nil and now plays at home. Juventus drew with goals and know they are playing at home. They have a little advantage,” he continued.
“But as I was saying I wouldn’t be surprised if one of them or both stay behind.
“But you know, the semi-finals are semi-finals and the winner of Barcelona and Manchester United is going to play against Liverpool or Porto so it’s so difficult.
“And then the winner of City-Tottenham, as we were saying, is an English team that reaches a semi-final and goes to play against Juventus or Ajax so I really used to say this all the time when you get into a semifinal you have 12.5 per cent possibility equally to win the competition.”
Mourinho himself is familiar with winning the ultimate European Football prize. The Portuguese manager was victorious on two separate occasions – once with Porto and once with Inter Milan – making him one of the most successful coaches in the competition.