Mourinho’s anti-Liverpool prediction boomerangs!

May 7, 2019

 

  • Jose Mourinho was on punditry duty for beIN during Liverpool vs Barcelona
  • Former Manchester United boss said it would be more than miracle if Reds won 
  • He even went as far as saying he would not bet one single coin on them  
  • But Jurgen Klopp’s side claimed historic 4-0 victory to advance to final  

 

 

Jose Mourinho‘s pre-game assertion that he ‘wouldn’t put one single coin’ on Liverpool reaching the Champions Leaguefinal, came back to bite him.

On punditry duty in the beIN SPORT studio, like many spectators, the former Manchester United boss gave his old rivals no hope of overturning the 3-0 first-leg deficit.

But Jurgen Klopp‘s side produced an astonishing performance to come out 4-0 victors.

 

Jose Mourinho gave Liverpool almost no chance of reaching the Champions League final
Jose Mourinho gave Liverpool almost no chance of reaching the Champions League final

The Reds came up with arguably the greatest comeback in Champions League history
The Reds came up with arguably the greatest comeback in Champions League history

‘I don’t gamble in football, I don’t like gambling but I wouldn’t bet one single coin on Liverpool playing in the final,’ Mourinho had said. 

‘Anfield can make miracles. But this would be more than that. 3-0 would be more than that.

‘They are losing 3-0. Tonight is not about how to stop them. It is about how they can create and incredible situation to beat Barcelona after a 3-0 defeat. Tonight Anfield is a magic place to play, a beautiful place to play.

‘Even people not in love with that club have to admit it is a magnificent club, incredible stadium and one of the best atmospheres. So when we say impossible is nothing we mean it but… it will be almost impossible.’

 

Georginio Wijnaldum scored twice as Liverpool complete an astonishing 4-0 win at Anfield
Georginio Wijnaldum scored twice as Liverpool complete an astonishing 4-0 win at Anfield

Almost impossible it may have been but that was good enough for the belief to course through Liverpool veins after Divock Origi’s early opener.

Gini Wijnaldum then came off the bench to score twice before quick thinking from Trent Alexander-Arnold at a corner provided Origi with his second and Liverpool’s all-important fourth.

Mourinho can hardly be blamed for his pre-match prediction given the sheer scale of the task at hand.

And after the game, he reflected: ‘I didn’t expect this. I did say impossible is nothing. If it is possible, Anfield is one of the places to make the impossible possible. But I have to say, this remontada (comeback) has one name, Jurgen.

‘I think this was not about tactics or philosophy but heart and soul and empathy that he created with this group of players.’

Klopp says he is ‘thankful’ to be part of something so special night
Jordan Henderson and his side made fools of the doubters with a triumph against the odds
Jordan Henderson and his side made fools of the doubters with a triumph against the odds

SOURCE:  dailymail.co.uk


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