Mourinho criticises Klopp decision
It appears that Jose Mourinho is not yet quite over the defeat to Liverpool. The Portuguese coach said to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp at full-time that ‘the best team lost.’
“Do you want me to take the table with the time from the fourth official… see what happens to me?”
“For some reason I am different… that is sad”
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A very late header from Roberto Firmino sent the Anfield crowd, however small, into absolute bedlam. Mohamed salah had opened the scoring with a deflected effort before an equaliser out of nowhere from prolific scorer Heung-Min Son levelled the scores at 1-1.
The win sent Liverpool 3 points clear of Spurs at the top of the table in the biggest clash of the season so far. Adding to his comments post-match, Mourinho has now had his say on the decision to award Klopp the FIFA Best manager of the year award.
With the Ballon D’or not occurring this year the FIFA Best Awards is the highest profile alternative to the competition. Robert Lewandowski won the FIFA Best Men’s player award over Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
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Jurgen Klopp beat Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick to the award despite the Bundesliga and Champions League winning coaches accolades this season.
Mourinho said, “I think the only way for Flick to win the [Best FIFA Manager of the Year] award was if Bayern Munich found two or three new competitions for him to win. So maybe when he wins seven titles in one season , maybe he can win that prize. He only won five, including the biggest of all [Champions League]. Poor Flick “
MUNICH, GERMANY – OCTOBER 15: (BILD ZEITUNG OUT) head coach Hansi Flick of Bayern Muenchen gestures during the DFB Cup first round match between 1. FC Dueren and FC Bayern Muenchen at Allianz Arena on October 15, 2020 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Roland Krivec/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)
Klopp took Liverpool to their first ever Premier League title this season and, following on from their Champions League success the previous year, was an outstanding candidate for the award. However, Mourinho does raise a legitimate point with Flick totally turning around Bayern’s fortunes after a less than impressive tenure under Niko Kovac.
Also, bearing in mind this is Flick’s first senior job since 2005, having been an assistant coach at Bayern and the German national team for some years. Despite all this, what Mourinho has achieved is, although not even being in the running for the award, become one of the most talked about couches regarding it anyway.