Jose Mourinho has hailed Liverpool’s win over Bayern Munich as ‘the best performance of the season’ in the Champions League.
After drawing 0-0 at Anfield with the Bavarians in the first leg, the Reds pulled off an impressive 3-1 victory at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday, with Sadio Mane’s double and another strike from Virgil van Dijk sealing the win.
Ex-United boss lavishes praise on Liverpool: Five key things to know…
- After a 0-0 draw in the first leg, Liverpool beat Bayern 3-1 in Germany to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.
- A Sadio Mane double and a strike from Virgil van Dijk sent the Reds through.
- Former Man Utd boss, Mourinho, has hailed that win as the best Champions League performance this season.
- The Portuguese believes the Reds are now ‘reborn’ after their outing in Munich.
- Liverpool have drawn Porto in the quarter-finals.
And Mourinho believes that is the performance of the season so far in the Champions League, despite admitting surprise at the result given Liverpool’s recent inconsistency.
“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,” Mourinho told Russia Today.
“So they managed to surprise me. I don’t think they surprised themselves because of course, they are the first ones to believe. But to surprise lots of people with that strong performance.
“That puts them now in of course 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.”
Liverpool will face Porto in the Champions League quarter-finals, while his former club Manchester United face a tough task against Barcelona.
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Mourinho ‘saddened’ by Bayern performance
Mourinho also expressed how ‘sad’ he was at Bayern’s poor performance against Jurgen Klopp’s side, criticising James Rodriguez’ lack of connection with Niko Kovac’s forward line.
“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,” he added.
“Bayern was just sad to see. 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.
“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.”