No tactical revolution at Russia World Cup, says Jose Mourinho RT Exclusive

30 June, 2018, 17:19 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • Time to fill in the World Cup knockout-stage blanks

Two stoppage-time goals from Kim Young-gwon and Son Heung-min in Kazan proved just that.

Iceland started well in their first World Cup - Hannes Halldorsson saved a Messi penalty to earn a point - but couldn't keep the momentum going.

It is the highest Croatia has been ranked since 1999 when it reached third spot after finishing third at the 1998 World Cup in France.

Japan squeaked into the knockout rounds in the strangest of circumstances, Senegal missing out on the last 16 due to their inferior fair play record.

Dan Mullan/Getty ImagesBelgium took a 1-0 victory over England to win Group G at the World Cup, but the win sets the Belgian side up for a much more hard path to the final.

"The DFB have not presented themselves in a good light, both before and during the World Cup".

Mourinho has been working as an exclusive pundit for RT during the World Cup in Russian Federation, and gave insights into how he has viewed the quality of the action on the pitch and the teams' approach to the tournament.

Granted, the vast majority of people who gathered to welcome the team back at Incheon International Airport seemed happy enough to see them, but there always seems to be a small element of idiots at these things, doesn't there?

While many eyes focus on the world stars of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, there are many players that may not even get a mention for their strong performances in Russian Federation.

The 58-year-old will have to answer why the youngster was surplus to requirement for his party to the World Cup. I go back to the fact we're trying to develop a winning mentality and I can't imagine a situation where I talk to the players about anything else.

The holders suffered a shock 2-0 to South Korea in their final group game as they ended up bottom of their group and failed to make it to the last 16. Sweden topped the group, and Italy went home.

Sweden's Ludwig Augustinsson put his side ahead against Mexico and in return, he sank Germany's hopes of progressing.

Croatia are possible quarter-final opponents for Spain.

Top stat: Sweden's game against South Korea saw the most fouls (43) of any game at Russian Federation 2018 so far. The Egyptians lost all three matches (0).

Top stat: Kane is the top goalscorer at the World Cup, the Three Lions captain scoring five goals to lead the race for the Golden Boot despite sitting out their loss to Belgium.



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