Mourinho admits he only takes on teams in ‘big trouble’

Date published: Sunday 11th June 2017 7:45

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has claimed that he only takes over at clubs that are deemed to be struggling.

The Portuguese tactician replaced his old mentor Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford last summer, following a fifth-placed Premier League finish and an FA Cup win under the Dutch master.

Mourinho, in comparison, could only steer United to sixth in the league, although he did claim the League Cup and a first ever Europa League triumph that saw the Red Devils qualify for the Champions League in the process.

The 54-year-old, however, admits that he has a bad habit of picking clubs that are perhaps dormant and then turning around their fortunes.

“I’m really bad at picking teams,’ he joked in an interview with Portuguese paper Expresso.

“Inter were in big trouble. Real Madrid were in big trouble. Manchester United in big trouble.

“What does big trouble mean? It means that they are teams that want to win but are thousands of miles away from winning.”

Mourinho also claimed that he laid the foundations for Real Madrid’s Champions League success this season, with the Spanish giants also having won three of the last four tournaments since he left to return to Chelsea.

“The captain of Real Madrid [Sergio Ramos], who lifted the trophy just the other day and who is now a three-time European champion, had never played in a Champions League quarter-final when I arrived at Real Madrid in 2010.”

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