Jose Mourinho has broken his silence after leaving Tottenham Hotspur – by backing Scotland for Euro 2020 knockout football (Scottish Sun).

The managerial icon left Tottenham Hotspur last month after over a year in charge of the Premier League club. Now looking forward to punditry roles at Euro 2020 this summer, Mourinho is keeping an eye on Scotland. His former Chelsea colleague – Steve Clarke –  will lead the nation into its first major tournament since 1998.

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho worked with Clarke at Chelsea.

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho worked with Clarke at Chelsea. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

In a group with 2018 World Cup finalists Croatia, Czech Republic and England, the former Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur manager is backing Clarke for success: “I have a Scotland connection in some different ways. First of all, I studied there on a couple of occasions. I love the people, I have so many Scottish friends.

“The Scotland national team manager was my assistant at Chelsea and I have to say, a very good one, and I wish him all the best for the tournament this summer. I was also at Wembley in 1996 when England played Scotland in the Euros and Gazza scored that incredible goal. Do Scotland have a chance?

“Not to win it, but the Euros is a bit like the Premier League or the German Bundesliga. There are clubs who can’t win the title, but doing very well is not about winning. Look at West Ham. For them to do amazingly well isn’t about winning the Premier League.  They still deserve the same amount of credit as the winners will get.

“Eventually they deserve more. The Euros are the same. You cannot expect Scotland to play to win the tournament. What I believe Scotland will do with their tactical organisation and spirit is to fight every match to win. For sure they will win some and I think they can qualify from the group.”

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