Former Premier League manager Jose Mourinho believes players like Arsenal star Kieran Tierney and Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson can help bring Euro 2020 success to Scotland.
Mourinho will watch on this summer as former assistant manager Steve Clarke leads Scotland into its first major tournament since 1998. The nation will have big players too, the likes of Tierney and Robertson thriving with Premier League giants Arsenal and Liverpool.
Then there’s Scott McTominay and Billy Gilmour at Mourinho’s former clubs Manchester United and Chelsea, amongst others. Mourinho believes Scotland can have a strong tournament (Sun): “I rate the ones that are showing their potential in the Premier League. The Premier League is such a hard competition.
“For you to prove yourself in there you have to be the best of the best. And Scotland has a nucleus of players that are important players in the Premier League and playing in important clubs in the Premier League. You look to Kieran Tierney at Arsenal, Andy Robertson at Liverpool, Scott McTominay at Manchester United.
“Then you have other players at Aston Villa and Southampton. They are a Premier League level team and they are better than in the past 20 years. Steve was my assistant and a guy that gave me everything. I hope that I also gave him something but he gave me everything in terms of the emotion and the positivity he brought to my work at that time.
“Of course, being Scottish he feels it deeply. He Is not a foreign manager coming to do a job. He’s a Scottish guy, feeling deeply about the situation and a group of boys living the dream with the national team.”
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