Jose Mourinho doesn’t think Liverpool’s Champions League tie with FC Porto will be as one sided as it was last season.
In 2017/18, on our run to the final, we battered Porto 5-0 away from home – and then rested some players for the 0-0 home leg.
Mourinho, a former manager of Porto, reckons Sergio Conceicao will have learnt his lesson from last season and will set out much more defensively.
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‘Porto have a chance to win and go through,’ Mourinho told A Bola, cited in the Metro.
‘Compared with last season, I think Sergio Conceicao will ask himself questions about what happened in order to do something different this time around.
‘The tie is open and what happened last year, I believe, can play for Porto in both games. ‘Liverpool have absolutely fantastic individual quality, but they are disputing the league title which means that they will not rest players in the previous game or between the two games.’
For us, the key is a comprehensive home victory on April 9th, which will take pressure off our trip to Portugal eight days later.
Liverpool are a much better side than Porto, who have an ageing defence and no real standout performers.
Hopefully, Mo Salah and Sadio Mane will be able to get themselves into central areas and put Pepe and Iker Casillas to the sword!