Thursday, June 20, 2019

No secrets in 50-50 final: Mourinho (SN)

Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho said Tuesday there is nothing to choose between his old side and Manchester United in Wednesday's Champions League final in Moscow.

“It will be a very close call and I think it's really a 50/50 match. There are no secrets between these two teams and they have showed that time and time again,” Mourinho told Feelfootball.com website sponsored by Ford.

“They have showed that in the Premiership this year, by finishing first and second, they showed that over the past few years where only Man United and Chelsea won the Premiership, and they showed that when they faced each other, for example, in the (2007) FA Cup Final, where only the extra time could resolve the result.”

Mourinho, 45, who left Chelsea in September, says he is shortly set to return to the game amid persistent reports linking him with Inter Milan.

He lifted the Champions League with Porto before guiding Chelsea to two Premiership titles and an FA Cup, but could only lead the Blues to the Champions League semi-finals in his time at Stamford Bridge.

His successor Avram Grant has thus created history by giuding the London side to their first ever Champions League Final, overcoming Liverpool, who twice proved a bridge too far for Chelsea in 2005 and 2007.

Mourinho believes the pressure on Wednesday will ensure a level playing field for both sides in Moscow.

“A final is a final, and in finals we cannot speak about the favourite – especially between two teams from the same country,” Mourinho told Feelfootball.com.

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