Jose Mourinho says he ‘cannot imagine’ how Jurgen Klopp will feel if he loses third CL final

Jose Mourinho has proved an absolutely fascinating pundit to watch since his departure from Manchester United. 

The Portuguese has been out of football since being sacked by the Red Devils on December 18. 

The club very wisely introduced a clause in his contract that prevented him from speaking out about his tenure. 

In recent weeks, however, Mourinho has been much more open about his time at Old Trafford. 

In a wide-ranging interview with L’Equipe, he reiterated that finishing second with United in the 2017/18 campaign was one of his greatest achievements, while he also made brief comments on Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial. 

Only time will tell when the 56-year-old will return to management but in the meantime, he hasn’t shied away from offering his opinions on the biggest game in club football, which takes place in under three weeks’ time. 

Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino will go head-to-head in Madrid for the chance to lift the Champions League – with neither having yet won any silverware with their respective clubs. 

That was never going to go unmentioned by Mourinho, was it? 

As per the Mirror’s translation, he first turned his attention to Spurs’ Argentine boss, asking:

“He won what, what trophy?” 

And he couldn’t resist pointing out that Klopp has lost two finals in the competition, first with Borussia Dortmund in 2013 and again with Liverpool in 2018. 

The Reds also fell at the final hurdle under the German’s stewardship in the Europa League in 2016.

“I admire the work of Mauricio and Jurgen, both deserve to achieve something big, and there is nothing greater than holding this Cup, but one of them will lose,” he added. 

“Jurgen will play his third final, I cannot imagine the feeling that it would be for him to play three finals and not win.”

Mourinho can jibe at the two coaches all he likes, but the pair have done extraordinarily well to reach the final. 

And the simple truth is that for one of them, their barren run is about to end very soon.