Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho gave his thoughts on Euro 2012 during a trip to Singapore, and gave short shrift to reporters when discussing Portugal’s chances at the tournament.
In the Far East to promote Singapore Olympic Foundation-Peter Lim Scholarship, which aims to help promising young athletes who suffer from financial constraints, Mourinho also tipped Spain and Germany to go a long way in the tournament.
“Spain are the world champions and no doubts about that. They are one of the best teams at the Euros, but they have to compete with Germany to be champions again,” said Mourinho.
‘The Special One’ also took the opportunity to take a swipe at great rivals Barcelona when discussing the Spanish team, highlighting the fact that five of his Los Blancos stars are in their current squad.
“You speak about Spain and Barca, but the national team of Spain has five Madrid players. They're completely separate things,” he added.
“Barcelona were the champions of Spain, and I repeat, were the champions.”
Reflecting on Portugal, the Madrid boss was happy to see his nation get a vital win against Denmark, and with potential progression now in their own hands, Mourinho knows anything can happen in the knockout stages.
“Now they don't depend on other teams, they depend only on themselves. So if they can do a job against Netherlands, Portugal are in the quarter-finals,” he concluded.
“Then, if Portugal reach the quarter-finals, with knockout in 90 minutes and sometimes extra time and penalties, anything can happen.”