Jose Mourinho says Jurgen Klopp would find third Champions League final defeat 'really hard'

Mourinho also discusses Petr Cech and Eden Hazard in first UK broadcast interview since leaving Manchester United

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Last Updated: 24/05/19 6:11pm

'Relaxed, revived' - Jose Mourinho talks exclusively to Sky Sports News' Gary Cotterill, in his first UK broadcast interview since leaving Manchester United
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'Relaxed, revived' - Jose Mourinho talks exclusively to Sky Sports News' Gary Cotterill, in his first UK broadcast interview since leaving Manchester United

Jose Mourinho believes a third Champions League final defeat would be "really hard" for Jurgen Klopp.

Next week's all-English final between Liverpool and Tottenham is "surrounded by huge pressure", says two-time winner Mourinho - not least for Klopp.

The Liverpool manager experienced Champions League final defeat for the second time in his career when the Reds lost to Real Madrid last June, five years after his Borussia Dortmund side suffered the same fate against rivals Bayern Munich.

Klopp has lost six of his seven finals as a manager in all competitions.

"To lose three Champions League finals... phew... that has to be really, really hard."

Jose Mourinho on Jurgen Klopp

"If Jurgen wins, it's an incredible achievement for him," Mourinho told Sky Sports News, in his first UK broadcast interview since he was sacked by Manchester United.

"If Jurgen doesn't win, you know... to lose three Champions League finals... phew... that has to be really, really hard.

"But he is a very positive guy, I'm sure he's just thinking about winning.

Jose's record in major finals

  • Jose Mourinho has lost only three of the 15 major finals he has managed in.
  • He remains the only manager to have ever beaten Pep Guardiola in a major final.

"Being a manager, and understanding what it means for a manager to play a Champions League final, there is always a negative side of it and the negative side is that one team will lose and one manager will lose."

Klopp's four-year wait for a trophy with Liverpool continued when his side lost the Premier League title to Manchester City by a single point on the last day of the season.

But next week's final also provides an opportunity for Mauricio Pochettino to break his trophy-barren reign at Tottenham.

"Spurs are not winning titles and to win the first one would be fantastic and could lead to other domestic trophies because the Champions League is the biggest one of all," said Mourinho.

"Finals are not to play, finals are to win."

Time to Cech-out and go 'home'

Three of Petr Cech's Premier League titles were under Jose Mourinho

Mourinho believes it is a "special" time for English football, with Chelsea and Arsenal also set to face off in the Europa League final.

It will be the final match of Petr Cech's playing career, with the Arsenal goalkeeper set to return to Chelsea as sporting director this summer.

But there will be no split-loyalty, Mourinho said of his former No 1.

"This is the match he would choose to retire before he goes home to Chelsea," he added.

"He would love to retire in a winning way because he's a winner."

'A player crucial to Chelsea's last generation'

Eden Hazard with Jose Mourinho

Mourinho admitted the game looks to be "the last in blue" for Eden Hazard but maintains he has been "a player that was crucial to Chelsea success in this last generation".

"He will try to be what he is the majority of the time," said Mourinho. "A fantastic player on the pitch and a winner and then go, possibly - I don't want to say more than possibly - to Real Madrid with a last trophy for Chelsea."

Follow the Champions League final on Sky Sports

You can follow all of the action of Tottenham vs Liverpool from the Wanda Metropolitano on the Sky Sports app and skysports.com with our dedicated Champions League final live blog, which will feature the best build-up, commentary and reaction from Madrid.

The Champions League final will take place on June 1, 2019; Kick-off is at 8pm.