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Mourinho's praise for Juventus contains sting for United

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has mastered the art of "double edge" and his praise for…

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has mastered the art of “double edge” and his praise for Juventus, after Tuesday’s 1-0 defeat by the Italians, has made it uncomfortable to listen to CEO Edward Edward .

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1; Group jump – Group H – Manchester United against Juventus – Old Trafford, Manchester, United Kingdom – October 23, 2018 Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho before the match Action Images via Reuters / Jason Cairnduff

United was outclassed by Serie The A giants and Mourinho made no effort to suck up the reality, but his comments were a tightly veiled criticism of the club’s direction.

Juventus is champion for seven years, I think seven consecutive years, two Champions League finals in the past four or five years and not happy with what they have, they want more, they want more, says the former Inter Milan coach told reporters.

“They want more (Gonzalo) Higuain and (Paulo) Dybala, they want more. They go to Ronaldo. They go to the best players in the world. Big club with a big past, with great will to have a big future, “he said.

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Mourinho admitted that his team was ” little “behind Juventus and the elite.

“Going to Juventus level? Barcelona level? Real Madrid level? How can you reach that level? Manchester City level? How can you reach this level?” He thought.

Mourinho spent much of the pre-season criticizing what he considers as the club’s lack of investment in the transfer market, despite spending nearly £ 400 million since joining Old Trafford in 2016.

Question about United needed to invest in reaching the level of these Clubs Mourinho completely answered “Yes”.

Portugal’s biggest frustration was that there was no major reinforcement in the center of defense and it was perhaps no coincidence that he highlighted Juve’s two central halves, Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci for special praise.

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“Mr. Bonucci and Chiellini could go to Harvard University and give lessons on how to be a central defender,” he says.

Mourinho acknowledged when the draw was made he thought that United would fight Valencia for runners behind Juve.

“We knew there would be a match with Valencia for the second place,” Portuguese, whose side is now five points behind Juventus but two before Valencia in Group H.

Despite the defeat, Mourinho was pleased with his performance.

“We played one of the biggest candidates to win Champions Leaague and we made it possible to get another result, especially because we played in the second half,” he said.

“Juventus managed to hide the ball from us and frustrated our intention to be positive. The other half we were more aggressive and it is a big effort of the boys. We did not have really attacking options on the bench to try. “

Reporting by Simon Evans; Editing by Martyn Herman

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