World renowned Coach and Chelsea Manger Jose Mourinho has backed the Super Eagles to make the 2014 World Cup Knockout stage.
He was talking with Yahoo sports and listed the 16 teams he feel could make the 2014 World Cup Knockout stage.
He revealed that due to his long time friendship with Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal, He thinks they will come out of their group in second place behind defending champions Spain in Group B.
He said: “I’m very emotional, I go always with my friends,”.
In Group C he choose west African Super star packed Ivory Coast and European power house Greece advancing over Colombia and Japan.
In Group D, He refused to choose between Uruguay, England and Italy due to the South American team's strength and having relationships with England and Italy over the years.
He said: “If I say England out, next season they don’t let me coach here [at Chelsea].” In Group E, Mourinho said, “I don’t believe in another collapse for France,” and chose them to win the group with Switzerland edging out Ecuador for the second spot.
In Group F, he picked Nigeria to finish second behind Argentina due to his player John Obi Mikel taking part.
In Group G, he said he is sure no team will finish with less than one point but he fancies Germany anf Portugal to scale the group stages.
And finally in Group H, He said: “Belgium has the talent,” but somewhat surprisingly went with Russia to finish first and Belgium second — perhaps due to their youthful inexperience.
Source: Sports Brief News