Jose Mourinho picked the four teams he thinks will make the semi-final of Euro 2020 – and joked his life won’t be worth living if he doesn’t pick Italy!
The quarter-finals begin tonight with all four games live across the talkSPORT network.
The Special One has been part of the talkSPORT team throughout the tournament and joined Drive last night to preview England vs Ukraine.
Mourinho heads to Roma shortly to be their new boss and that may have influenced his decision slightly.
“Let me give you my view. England for sure,” Mourinho told talkSPORT.
“Czech Republic against Denmark will be a difficult one, but I would say Denmark.
“Belgium against Italy… ooooh! That’s a big one, really big one. If I don’t say Italy, tomorrow I land and they kill me, so I have to say Italy.
“Switzerland vs Spain is also a big one, but Xhaka is not playing and they need him – Spain.
“Spain, Italy, Denmark and England.”
Euro 2020 quarter-finals
Switzerland vs Spain – Friday, 5pm – Live on talkSPORT
Belgium vs Italy – Friday, 8pm – Live on talkSPORT
Czech Republic vs Denmark – Saturday, 5pm – Live on talkSPORT network
England vs Ukraine – Saturday, 8pm – Live on talkSPORT
England are playing Ukraine in Rome and are playing at the Stadio Olimpico, which will be Mourinho’s new home.
It will be the first game Gareth Southgate’s side have played away from Wembley, but the former Chelsea, Man United and Spurs boss doesn’t see that as a problem.
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He said: “I don’t see any negatives. One of the boys said it is a two-and-a-half hour bus to St George’s Park, it’s a two-and-a-half hour flight to Rome.
“You go to Rome and you play one game and come back.
“The only thing I will say is, in Rome it is more of less 10C warmer than London, when in London it is 20, there it is 30.
“When in London it is 23, there it is 33. I can imagine it will be considerably warmer than in England and that’s where they will feel it a bit more.
“Fatigue, hydration, a little bit of intensity you can lose on that. The home advantage, I don’t see a drama.
“I don’t think the Olimpico will have 30,000 Ukrainians, no way. It is a stadium with a long distance from the stands to the pitch, the athletics track makes it further.
“You don’t feel the atmosphere as intense as in other matches.
“You don’t always play the Euros at home, I don’t think there is any problem.”