Mourinho on Messi, Ronaldo and ‘one of the fastest’ Salah

Date published: Tuesday 19th June 2018 2:48

Jose Mourinho has praised Mohamed Salah, and believes he could be the key to Egypt beating Russia.

Egypt face Russia in their second World Cup group game on Monday, having lost their first to Uruguay.

Salah missed the entirety of that match with the shoulder injury he suffered in the Champions League final, but is expected to feature against the hosts.

Mourinho, doing punditry work in Russia, expects him to be crucial.

“I don’t want to say he is the fastest, but he is one of the fastest players in the world,” he told Russia Today.

“With the ball, without the ball, he can dribble, he can attack spaces behind defenders.

“Russia have to drop the defensive block back, and they have to react better when they lose the ball.

“Egypt can hurt Russia. It may seem a contradiction, but I don’t think Russia can score many goals, and I’m saying this after 5-0.

“But I think they cannot score many goals against good teams, so I don’t think they can afford to concede many either.

“The game against Egypt is the crucial match of the group.”

Mourinho also believes that this may be Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s final World Cup at their respective peaks.

“I am not saying the best players always make a difference, but they are the ones that can make a difference,” he said. “Everybody knows that for the last decade Messi and Ronaldo were the best players on the planet.

“They did amazingly well for their clubs. They try to give the best of themselves to their countries.

“I think they both arrive at this World Cup, probably as their last one.

“Of course Cristiano, from a physical point of view, is a superman. He can be there in Qatar if he wants, but four more years at the highest level, to come back to the next World Cup, I feel it will be hard.”


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