Jose admits prediction failure for Bayern vs Liverpool: 'They managed to surprise me'
- Jose Mourinho claims his prediction for Bayern vs Liverpool was based only on Bayern's previous achievements and Liverpool's recent draws in the Prem.
- Both sides 'surprised' the Portuguese.
- Jose slams Bayern's James Rodriguez who was 'incapable of making any kind of pressing'.
Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho had to admit the mistake he made prior to Liverpool's trip to the Allianz Arena. His prediction has proved totally wrong after Sadio Mane's brace and Virgil van Dijk's header knocked the Bavarians out of the Champions League.
Trying to explain what had happened, Jose claimed his prediction was based on Bayern's 'tradition' and those several draws in the Premier League where Liverpool dropped points.
"My analysis was based on Bayern tradition and Bayern I think for nine consecutive years they go to the quarter-final – so I think it’s the first time in nine years that they don’t go," Mourinho told Russia Today Sport.
"By the other side I was looking at Liverpool, they were on their way down in the Premier League and they were losing lots of points, and they come with for sure the best performance of the season in the Champions League. For sure.
"So they managed to surprise me. I don’t think they surprised themselves because of cours,e they are the first ones to believe. But to surprise lots of people with that strong performance. That puts them now in a good position for the Champions League fight. But I think also by the mental point of view maybe they are reborn and they can bring this kind of performance to the Premier League."
As Liverpool's long-time opponent, Mourinho was heartbroken to see Bayern's poor display. Trying to find the reason, he blamed Bavarians midfielder James Rodriguez for neglecting his responsibilities.
"Bayern was just sad to see," he said. "I think they buckled at every possible perspective. Liverpool was the team that brought the line up, Bayern was the team that kept the line back, big distance between the lines.
"[Robert] Lewandowski too lonely. No pressure in the midfield. James Rodriguez absolutely lost, incapable of making any kind of pressing, any kind of game in between the lines or connection with the three attacking players. So I think really a sad performance from Bayern."
Earlier Mourinho claimed Liverpool won't get past Bayern.
"I see Bayern, in spite of an up and down season, I see Bayern on the up," the Portuguese told Russia Today. "They can score goals even with the danger of Liverpool scoring, it’s a completely open tie…. If I had to choose, I would choose Bayern."