Jose Mourinho has been enjoying his punditry duties since he was sacked as the manager of Manchester United in December last year and this week he has taken up the challenge of predicting the champions league clash between his former club and La Liga champions Barcelona.
The two sides were paired together after they saw off the challenges of French oppositions. United did the unthinkable by beating Paris Saint Germain at their home turf in France after they lost the first leg at Old Trafford.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side became the first team to overturn a 2-0 home defeat in the history of the competition. They won the return leg 3-1 to go through on away goals rule. Meanwhile, it was easy passage for Barcelona who defeated Olympique Lyon 5-1 on aggregate.
The two sides have now been paired together in the quarter finals with United hosting La Liga leaders on April 10 while Barcelona will host the return leg at camp nou a week later.
Speaking on who he see coming out victorious in that game, Jose Mourinho believes the five time European champions will have too much firepower for his former club. The former chelsea manager said.
” Juventus and Barcelona are the two great candidates for the final victory and will reach the bottom,” Mourinho told AFP, suggesting the Catalan giants will overcome United.
“All they talk about [Cristiano] Ronaldo and [Lionel] Messi, but I prefer to talk about Juventus and Barcelona, I will always be a football coach and football continues to be a team sport.
“Juventus and Barcelona have experience, talent and a special player each. There are these special players, the teams end up becoming the best.” The 56-year-old also revealed how much he is missing being involved in the game, three months after his Old Trafford departure. “I miss training, day after day, I will not hide it,” he said.
Meanwhile, midfielder Ander Herrera has offered a defence of his former manager and hit out at Manchester United players who have criticised him since his departure.
“I do not like to make comparisons and I detest when the players speak ill of a coach who has already left. “I only have words of thanks to Mourinho, he has made me better, I played a lot with him and I was named the best player of the season with him on the bench.