Picking winners: Mourinho questions Klopp and Pochettino records

May 15 – Jose Mourinho, out of a job since being sacked by Manchester United just before Christmas following their worst start to a season for 28 years, has not been able to resist a dig at both Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino, managers of Champions League finalists Liverpool and Tottenham.

Neither has won a trophy since moving into English football, something Mourinho – who won loads before his star faded dismally – decided to point out in an interview with l’Equipe.

“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,” said Mourinho.

Klopp was unsuccessful in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich in 2013 during his time at Borussia Dortmund manager and again in last season’s final against Real Madrid with Liverpool.

But he did steer Liverpool to within one point of the Premier League title last weekend while Pochettino has been the subject of special praise for the progress Tottenham have made despite not signing a single player in the last two transfer windows.

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

Whilst of Pochettino he said: “He’s won what, which trophy?”

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