Mourinho tips Portugal to win the 2018 World Cup title

Mourinho tips Portugal to win the 2018 World Cup title

- Jose Mourinho says Portugal can win the 2018 World Cup in Russia because of Ronaldo

- The Manchester United coach believes Ronaldo's form will help his national team in Russia

- Ronaldo who currently plays for Real Madrid has never won the World Cup title in his career

Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho believes Portugal have the chance of winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia because of Cristiano Ronaldo who will be in their squad.

Cristiano Ronaldo who currently plays for Real Madrid played a significant role in helping his country win the EURO 2016 championship in France.

Ronaldo has won all major titles in football, but he has never won the World Cup, and Mourinho has backed him to go for success in Russia.

“Portugal has an interesting squad. Without Cristiano, it would be impossible. But with him nothing is impossible,” he told ESPN Brazil.

The 55-year-old also believes that Argentina are a contender for a first crown since 1986 thanks to the individual talents of Lionel Messi.

“I believe that the Argentinian national team without Lionel Messi wouldn't be a contender,” he explained.

While speaking on the teams that are favorites to win the 2018 World Cup due to their strength of their squads, Jose Mourinho picked out Spain and Brazil.

“I like the basic structure of Brazil a great deal, their tactics and mentality. There is a mixture between Brazilian natural talent, with a serious approach, physical, tactical.

“They are a team capable of defending well, allowing few goals, with a good support base. And then up front with Willian, Neymar, Philippe Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus. All players with outstanding qualities.

“And then we have the traditional teams of Europe, but I believe Spain are once again a real team. They were able to get together players with the same game philosophy, adapted to that playing style,'' Mourinho explained.

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Meanwhile, the 2018 FIFA World Cup will start on June 14 when host nation Russia will face Saudi Arabia in the opening game.

The championship has been awarded every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946 when it was not held because of the Second World War.

Brazil are the most successful national team in the history of the FIFA World Cup winning the championship five times.

Germany are the reigning champions of the World Cup after beating Argentina 1-0 in the 2014 final edition in Brazil.

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