- Jose Mourinho Loves Working With Karim Benzema
- He joked that Cristiano Ronaldo was ‘in love’ with Benzema at Real Madrid
- The Portuguese boss believes the striker will do well at Euros with France
- Get the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here.
Jose Mourinho has joked that Cristiano Ronaldo was ‘in love’ with Karim Benzema at Real Madrid and is backing the striker to star in this summer’s European Championship.
The former Madrid boss opened up about the top Euro 2020 strikers he has worked with in the past, including Ronaldo, Benzema, Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku. Sun.
The Portuguese manager believes France now have an ‘amazing’ attacking force after welcoming Benzema from his six-year international exile and is backing the Madrid star to get the best out of Kylian Mbappe. Well, just like Kane did with Son Heung-min during his stint at Tottenham.
Cristiano Ronaldo ‘Looked’ To Play With Karim Benzema At Real Madrid Because He Was Unselfish
Jose Mourinho worked with Ronaldo (right) and Benzema during his tenure as Madrid manager
Mourinho claimed Ronaldo ‘loved’ Benzema because he was selfless and helped the Portugal sensation score goals instead of taking the glory.
Talking about Benzema, Mourinho said: ‘The best compliment you can give to Karim Benzema is that Cristiano Ronaldo loved him at Real Madrid.
‘And for Cristiano to be in love with another attacking player means a lot to Cristiano – and he does a lot to every attacking player he plays around.
‘Kareem is probably the only No. 9 who I know is not selfish in his game. His vision is amazing, the way he enjoys his football is to play with lots of freedom. I can even compare him to Harry Kane in that sense.
Mourinho believes the Real Madrid striker will do well for France at Euro 2020
He is backing the French to help Kylian Mbappe perform at an even higher level
‘I would say Harry scores more goals, probably has more of that killer instinct than Karim, but Karim, as a player, is absolutely amazing and when you look at the French team and you imagine Antoine Griezmann And Kylian Mbappe is playing with him, so I think it could be something great.
‘Karim will bring the best out of Mbappe, as he did with Cristiano in Madrid. Son interacts with Heung-min like Harry, the way techno strikes space and runs diagonally.
‘These conversations are very important and I believe that Karim, in that French team, can do very, very well.’
Mourinho also talked about Lukaku’s development at Inter Milan after struggling at United under his management and insisted that Kane could take it no matter how established England were in their opening group game against Croatia.
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The Portuguese boss said Benzema and Mbappe could form a disastrous partnership for France, as did Harry Kane and Son Heung-min last season at Tottenham.
He also talked about Kane’s potential but insisted that he would like to win the Euro at the Golden Boot.
England can play with the back four, they can play with five, they can play with wingers like Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford – the fast guys – but with completely different players like Mason Mount, Phil Foden and Jack Grealish. Can play together too.
‘And Harry has the tactical wisdom to adapt to it, I have no doubt about it. Harry won the Golden Boot in the last World Cup and all these top strikers have arrogance. He has personal ambitions.
‘At the same time, especially in national teams with a month-long competition and a clear goal for the country, they are more prepared than ever to do anything for their country.
‘If you ask them, ‘Would you change the Golden Boot for the Euro trophy?’ All they would say would be “YES! 200 percent”.