Monday 24 June 2019

'If Jurgen doesn't win, to lose three finals has to be really hard' - Jose Mourinho piles pressure on Klopp

Jose Mourinho (left) and Jurgen Klopp (right).
Jose Mourinho (left) and Jurgen Klopp (right).
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Jose Mourinho believes Tottenham could go on a trophy spree if they can win the Champions League final next week.

In an interview with Sky Sports, Mourinho - who has won the Champions League twice - feels that success against Liverpool could be the first of many trophies for Spurs.

"Of course, Spurs is not winning titles and to win the first one, the biggest one of all, would be, of course, fantastic and would mean to win other domestic trophies (is easier) because the Champions League is the biggest one of all," Mourinho said.

"I think, big match, of course, with huge levels of pressure. We used to say finals are not to play, finals are to win."

Mourinho also believes success would be huge for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp but thinks a third Champions League final defeat for the German would be a big blow.

"Being a manager and understanding what it means for a manager to play a Champions League final, there is always a negative side of it and the negative side is that one team is going to lose it," Mourinho added.

"If Jurgen wins, it is an incredible achievement for him, if Jurgen doesn't win... you know, to lose three Champions League finals has to be really, really hard. But in this moment, he is a positive guy and I think he just thinks about winning."

The clash in Madrid is just one half of the two all-English European finals, with Chelsea and Arsenal contesting the Europa League final in Baku.

The Portuguese, who had two spells as Chelsea manager, also reflected on the Blues' Europa League final against Arsenal and the future of Eden Hazard.

"It looks like it is the last match in blue for Eden Hazard, a player that was crucial for Chelsea success in this last generation," the 56-year-old said.

"I think Eden will try to be what he is the majority of the time, a fantastic player on the pitch and to win and go, possibly, I don't want to say more than possibly, to Real Madrid with a last trophy for Chelsea."

Both sets of supporters have faced difficulties, with both unable to sell out their ticket allocation.

"I feel sorry for some Chelsea and Arsenal fans that they could not find a way to be in Baku supporting their teams," Mourinho added.

Mourinho, who is out of work after being sacked by Manchester United in December, believes the pressure is on Unai Emery's Arsenal in Baku but is delighted to see English sides dominating in Europe.

"More pressure of course for Arsenal because they play for their season. They play for the Champions League next season, they play for many millions, pride for the success of their season," he said.

"It is really special, we will have two English teams with two cups. We will have at the start of next season two English teams playing the European Super Cup so that's great news."

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