Mourinho has signed with Yahoo to give millions and millions of football fans across the globe exclusive access to his thoughts and opinions on the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, whether online or on tablet or smartphone.
The Chelsea manager – who has also managed Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Porto to great success – will also be bringing us his unique commentary on a range of football issues across the calendar year –as well as giving you, the fans, a remarkable insight into his daily world via photos and videos.
Yahoo is the ONLY place to enjoy Mourinho’s thoughts on the World Cup, with England expecting a difficult task having been placed in a group alongside a dangerous Uruguay team spearheaded by Luis Suarez and four-time winners Italy, as well as Costa Rica.
Mourinho, who knows better than most the culture of English football at the elite level, says he does not understand why Roy Hodgson’s side have been written off so quickly in some quarters.
“England, everybody says ‘no, no, no, no, no’,” said Mourinho in an event to launch his deal with Yahoo. “I always say, ‘why not?’ Because I don’t understand why not. When I see the players and the experience of the players and the clubs where they play, I don’t understand why one day it cannot happen.”
Asked whether, given the talent available to them, England underachieve at major tournaments, Mourinho replied: “I think so because [The Premier League] is the best championship in the world; it is the most competitive one.
“I know that many foreign players are in the top clubs but at the same time the national team players, all of them, they play in the top clubs in the Premier League – players from Chelsea, from Liverpool, Man United, Arsenal, a few from Everton also – all of them.
“They know what the big stage is; they know how to play under pressure; they know how to play for the big clubs; they play in the Champions League which is probably the most difficult football in the world, so I don’t see why they don’t. I don’t see why. So one day they have to do.”
However, Mourinho did exercise a note of caution when analysing England’s prospects in what is a very difficult opening group.
“I know it is [a tough group], but I don’t think Uruguay and Italy will find it easy to play against England,” he said. “I think it is the kind of group where everybody is waiting for the first match, and the first defeat will put immediately one team in a very difficult situation.
“Probably it’s a group with some draws and when you have some draws in this kind of three-match competition, if you get a couple of draws everything is very complicated.
“One of them will be out and one of them will be considered like a big favourite, but the reality is that the group is difficult so one of them must be out.”
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