Jose Mourinho jokes that Cristiano Ronaldo was “in love” with Karim Benzema at Real Madrid because he was selfless and allowed him to take glory as he supports the France star to shine at Euro 2020 and “Getting the Most Out” of Kylian Mbappe
Jose Mourinho joked that Cristiano Ronaldo is “in love” with Karim Benzema at Real Madrid and is backing the forward to participate in this summer’s European Championship.
The former Madrid boss spoke about the best Euro 2020 strikers he has worked with in the past, including Ronaldo, Benzema, Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku in his column for The Sun.
The Portuguese manager believes France now has an ‘incredible’ attacking force after welcoming Benzema from his six-year international exile and backs the Madrid star to get the best out of Kylian Mbappe in the same way as Kane did. did with Son Heung-Min during his tenure at Tottenham.
Cristiano Ronaldo ‘loved’ playing with Karim Benzema at Real Madrid because he was selfless
Jose Mourinho worked with Ronaldo (right) and Benzema during his tenure as Madrid manager
Mourinho claimed Ronaldo “liked” Benzema because he was selfless and helped the Portuguese sensation score an overabundance of goals rather than take the glory.
Speaking of Benzema, Mourinho said: “The best compliment you can give Karim Benzema is that Cristiano Ronaldo was in love with him at Real Madrid.
“And for Cristiano, being in love with another attacking player means he does a lot for Cristiano – and he does a lot for every attacking player who plays around him.
“Karim is probably the only number 9 I know who isn’t selfish in his game. His vision is amazing, the way he loves his football is to play with a lot of freedom. I can compare him to Harry Kane in that sense too.
Mourinho believes Real Madrid forward will perform well for France at Euro 2020
He also supports the Frenchman to help Kylian Mbappe perform at an even higher level.
“I would say Harry scores more goals, probably has more that killer instinct than Karim but Karim as a player is absolutely amazing and when you look at the France team and imagine Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe playing with him, I think it can be something big.
“Karim will get the best out of Mbappe, as he did in Madrid with Cristiano. Like Harry with Son Heung-min, the way technique interacts with whoever attacks space and races diagonally.
“These interactions are very important and I think that Karim, in this France team, can do very, very well.”
Mourinho also spoke about Lukaku’s development at Inter Milan after battling at United under his leadership and insisted that however England prepared in their first group game against Croatia, Kane can adapt to it.
On the Tottenham striker he added: ‘
The Portuguese boss said Benzema and Mbappe can strike a devastating partnership for France, similar to the one Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min had at Tottenham last season.
He also spoke about Kane’s abilities, but insisted he will want to win the euros against the Golden Boot.
England can play with a back four, they can play with a five, they can play with wingers like Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford – fast guys – but can also play with completely different players like Mason Mount, Phil Foden and Jack Grealish.
“And Harry has the tactical knowledge to adapt to it, I’m sure he does.” Harry won the Golden Boot at the last World Cup and all of those top strikers have egos. They have individual ambitions.
“At the same time, especially in the national teams with a short one-month competition and a clear goal for the country, then, more than ever, they are ready for anything for their country.
“If you ask them: ‘would you change the Golden Boot for the Euro trophy? They will all say “Yes! 200 percent”. ‘