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Jose Mourinho questions Mauricio Pochettino and Jurgen Klopp records ahead of Champions League final

Jose Mourinho has warned Jurgen Klopp of the possible effects of losing a third Champions League final.

Klopp has led Liverpool to the final for a second-consecutive season, after staging an incredible comeback against Barcelona in the semi-final that saw the Reds outfit score four goals at Anfield to dump out Lionel Messi and Co.

Liverpool will play Tottenham Hotspur in the final at the Wanda Metropolitano on June 1, where Klopp will look to end his hoodoo after losing the 2013 final with Borussia Dortmund before last season’s defeat by Real Madrid.

Mauricio Pochettino has still to win a trophy as Spurs boss, but Mourinho feels both are deserving of winning Europe’s biggest prize.

“What’s he won? What trophy?,” the former Manchester United manager told L’Équipe of Pochettino‘s record.

“I admire the work of Mauricio and Jurgen, both deserve to win something big and there’s nothing bigger than lifting the Champions League, but one of them is going to lose.

 

“It’s Jurgen’s third final, I can’t imagine how it would feel for him to play three finals and not win.”

Mourinho was sacked as United manager in December after overseeing the club’s worst start to a league campaign in 28 years .

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced the Portuguese and enjoyed instant success, winning eight straight games, before being handed the job on a full-time basis.

United have won two of their last ten games, however, with the Reds finishing sixth in the Premier League table – the same position that cost Mourinho his job.

And the 56-year-old feels his reign came to an end because of an ‘erosion’ in the squad.

 

“Generally, the players can feel a certain erosion,” Mourinho said when asked about his apparent third-season syndrome. “Especially when you ask a lot of them. When I say that the second season was fantastic, I say it because the potential and the objectives were met. 

“Why? Because I really squeezed, like an orange, to achieve them. When you have a very professional group of players who are ambitious, hard-working and talented, at a structured club, you don’t have that erosion. 

“When you are almost alone, in that you don’t have the support of the club close to you, while certain players go somewhat against the coach, who is the nice guy. I don’t want to be the nice guy, because the nice guy, after three months, is a puppet and that doesn’t end well.  

“But you shouldn’t be a coach who is negative all the time, either. You need to look for that balance. In fact, the problem of the coach is the same as that which a teacher at a school can have.”

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