Jose Mourinho names the key problem Cristiano Ronaldo faces at the World Cup


Russian football enjoyed one of it's finest moments on Thursday evening.

Despite their winless run of seven matches prior to their home World Cup, the host nation put on a real show for the 80,000 fans at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, beating Saudi Arabia 5-0.

Aleksandr Golovkin and Denis Cheryshev were the stars of the show and there was a very familiar face congratulating the team on Russia television; Jose Mourinho.

The Manchester United manager has been chosen as one the pundits for Russian station RT and was on hand to deliver some brilliant quotes live on air.

Firstly, he decided to hand the man-of-the-match award to Russia's manager Stanislav Cherchesov, praising his decisions - although he didn't actually specify which ones...

Just what you want to hear.

The topic of discussion then focused on his own country Portugal, who meet Spain in their first group game of the competition.

Given La Roja's managerial issues over the last few days, the biggest game of the first round has got even bigger between the Iberian rivals.


Cristiano Ronaldo will be the centre of attention as always, but Mourinho wasn't exactly raving about one of the greatest players to come from Portugal.

It's almost like they didn't get along when they were at Real Madrid?

"One thing is Ronaldo for Portugal," he said. "Another is Ronaldo with Real Madrid. We don't have a Modric or a Kroos."

That's the spirit, Jose. While his country don't possess a midfielder as great as Los Blancos' two stars, they still have a whole host of creative talent.

Bernardo Silva, Goncalo Guedes, Bruno Fernandes and Joao Moutinho will surely serve up a plethora of chances for a man who has scored regularly for his country.


In fact, he's the leading active international goal scorer with 81 goals, 17 ahead of second placed Lionel Messi.

So he's effective for Portugal and there team is looking even better than they did when they won Euro 2016.

Maybe Jose just wanted to play the pessimist?

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