‘To lose three Champions League finals, it has to be really, really hard’: Jose Mourinho suggests another final defeat for Jurgen Klopp will put pressure on Liverpool boss
- Jose Mourinho admits it will be tough on Jurgen Klopp if Liverpool lose in Madrid
- The German is facing the prospect of three Champions League final defeats
- Mourinho feels Klopp will be upbeat but well aware of the need to win a final
A third Champions League final defeat for Jurgen Klopp would be ‘really, really hard’ to deal with, admits Jose Mourinho.
The former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester United manager won both Champions League finals he took charge in but in contrast, Liverpool boss Klopp is hoping it is third time lucky.
Having lost at Wembley while manager of Borussia Dortmund in 2013, Klopp suffered a second Champions League final defeat last season in Kiev against Real Madrid.
Three Champions League final defeats would be tough on Jurgen Klopp, says Jose Mourinho
The former Manchester United boss says it will be an ‘incredible achievement’ if Klopp wins
Ahead of facing Tottenham at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano on June 1, Klopp is looking to end his miserable finals record and Mourinho knows the weight of expectation on the charismatic German.
‘If Jurgen (Klopp) wins it is an incredible achievement for him,’ Mourinho told Sky Sports News.
If Jurgen doesn’t win you know, to lose three Champions League finals, it has to be really, really hard.
Klopp’s first Champions League final loss came against Bayern with Borussia Dortmund
Last season he had the chance to clinch it before Liverpool lost out to Real Madrid in Kiev
‘But in this moment he is a really positive guy and he will just think about winning.’
Both the Champions League and Europa League finals are all-English and Mourinho insists it is a ‘special’ moment for English football.
‘It is really special,’ he added.
‘We will have two English teams with the two cups and the start of next season two English teams in the Super Cup so that is great news.
‘Being a manager and understanding what it means for a manager to play a Champions League final I think there is always a negative side of it. The negative side of it is one team is going to lose it.’
While Liverpool go into the game as favourites given their impressive 97-point campaign in the Premier League, Mourinho is refusing to rule out Tottenham.
Jose Mourinho won both of his two Champions League finals, most recently with Inter Milan
The former Chelsea boss senses victory for Tottenham in Madrid could start a trophy haul
Mauricio Pochettino’s young side have been incredible at times this season and Mourinho senses that victory in Madrid could kick-start a trophy haul for the north London side.
‘Not winning titles and to win the first one and the biggest one of all would be fantastic and mean winning other domestic trophies,’ he said.
‘Of course, the Champions League is the biggest one of all. It is a big match with huge levels of pressure.’
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