Jose Mourinho reckons it will be a “really, really hard” pill to swallow if Jurgen Klopp loses a third Champions League final.
Klopp has come agonisingly close to winning Europe’s premier club competition twice across his managerial career at Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool.
The first one came in 2013 at Wembley, where Klopp’s Dortmund team lost 2-1 to Bayern Munich following Arjen Robben’s dramatic late winner.
Five years later, the German coach then suffered another Champions League final defeat at the hands of Real Madrid in Kiev with Liverpool.
Reflecting on this worrying fact last week, Klopp expressed his hope that the popular saying in Germany “all the best things come in threes” will be the case for him as Liverpool prepare to take on Tottenham in Madrid on June 1.
Although the 51-year-old has won only once in his seven finals as a manager.
“If Jurgen wins it’s an incredible achievement for him,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.
“If Jurgen doesn’t win, you know….to lose three Champions League finals…phew…that has to be really, really hard.
“But he is a very positive guy, I’m sure he’s just thinking about winning.
“Being a manager, and understanding what it means for a manager to play a Champions League final, there is always a negative side of it and the negative side is that one team will lose and one manager will lose.”
Meanwhile, Mourinho reckons that Spurs could go on to embark of on a trophy-laden era of their own should they defeat Klopp’s Liverpool in Madrid.
“Spurs are not winning titles and to win the first one would be fantastic and could lead to other domestic trophies because the Champions League is the biggest one of all,” said Mourinho.
“Finals are not to play, finals are to win.”