Jose Mourinho has been enjoying life as a pundit since his Manchester United sacking.
Over three months have passed since the self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ left Old Trafford and the only desk he’s been seen behind since are those at beIN Sports.
Mourinho has been providing his expert opinion on a number of top games and has turned his hand to analysing the Champions League after a huge fortnight in Europe.
The round of 16 games have now been concluded and all four Premier League teams have progressed, with Liverpool completing the quartet by defeating Bayern Munich.
Despite a disappointing 0-0 draw at Anfield, the Reds brought their a-game to Bavaria with a Virgil van Dijk goal, sandwiched between Sadio Mane strikes, sending them through.
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Liverpool have received their due praise in the aftermath and will be fancying their chances of progression after drawing FC Porto in the quarter-finals.
And Mourinho has been the latest figure to applaud the Merseyside team, even going as far as naming their win against Bayern as the competition’s best performance this season.
The 56-year-old decreed that the 3-1 win trumped Ajax’s remarkable away win at Real Madrid as well as his former team United’s astonishing comeback at Paris Saint-Germain.
Mourinho: The best CL performance this season
Talking to Russia Today, he explained: “I was looking at Liverpool, they were on their way down in the Premier League and they were losing lots of points, and they come with for sure the best performance of the season in the Champions League. For sure.
“So they managed to surprise me. I don’t think they surprised themselves because of course, they are the first ones to believe. But to surprise lots of people with that strong performance.
“That puts them now in of course a good position for the Champions League fight. But I think also by the mental point of view maybe they are reborn and they can bring this kind of performance to the Premier League.”
Wow, so Mourinho is feeling very positive about Liverpool’s chances domestically as well as on the continent. But the same can’t be said of his Bayern analysis.
“My analysis was based on Bayern tradition and Bayern I think for nine consecutive years they go to the quarter-final – so I think it’s the first time in nine years that they don’t go,” he continued.
“Bayern was just sad to see. I think they buckled at every possible perspective. Liverpool was the team that brought the line up, Bayern was the team that kept the line back, big distance between the lines.
“Lewandowski too lonely. No pressure in the midfield. James Rodriguez absolutely lost, incapable of making any kind of pressing, any kind of game in between the lines or connection with the three attacking players. So I think really a sad performance from Bayern.”
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