Jose Mourinho has played down Portugal’s chances of success at the World Cup after stating that he was not surprised that Portugal failed to beat Germany in their opening World Cup game.
The Chelsea boss criticised his home nation’s inability to get results against some of the world’s top teams.
Speaking as Yahoo’s Global Football Ambassador, Mourinho said: “Portugal doesn’t get big results against the best teams.”
The problem being one quite similar to the problems he faced with his Chelsea squad last season – not a lack of talent, but a lack of goals.
“To say that I was expecting Portugal to win against Germany or to expect Cristiano [Ronaldo] to score two or three goals like he does against other teams I would be lying.”
The Blues manager stated that he wasn’t surprised that they failed to find the back of the net against a strong German side, after witnessing similar results in previous tournaments.
“The last European Championships, we lost against Spain on penalties, but they couldn’t score against Spain," he added. "We also lost against Germany.
“We go to the last World Cup. We couldn’t score against Brazil. We couldn’t score against Spain. We lost against Spain in South Africa.”
Portugal were thrashed 4-0 by Germany on Monday, with Thomas Müller scoring a hat-trick and Mats Hummels providing the fourth.
Although Mourinho predicted defeat, he admitted that that he was still disappointed by the result and placed a lot of the blame on Pepe, who he managed during his time at Real Madrid.
Pepe failed to mark Hummels from a corner, which allowed the Borussia Dortmund defender to put away Germany’s second goal, before being dismissed in the 37th minute for a light headbutt on Müller.
Mourinho said: “I think obviously the second goal is his fault. He’s on a zone but he has to make contact with the opponents.
“To leave a team playing with ten men for such a long time is obviously a big handicap for the team.”
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