Speaking ahead of the 2020 edition of the European championship, AS Roma manager, the “Special One” Jose Mourinho has named whom he believes is the best defender in the world.
The former Real Madrid, Manchester United, Chelsea, and Tottenham boss, believes Manchester City defender, Ruben Dias, who was named the WA Footballer of the Year added the Premier League Player of the Year in his first season, is the best defender in the world.
Analyzing the Portugal squad ahead of Euros 2020 with The Sun, Mourinho said: “Ruben Dias is the best centre-back in the world now. With his move to the Premier League with Manchester City, he is getting a different level of knowledge.”
The 53-year-old continued: “He is a fantastic centre-back. And the one next to him, Pepe, is a 38-year-old with a lot of experience. That can be a strength for Portugal as they then have lots of talented players in attack.”
The Roma boss then added that Cristiano Ronaldo will want to win this tournament, saying: “Of course, Cristiano Ronaldo is not a kid anymore and this is probably his last Euros. After becoming a European champion, I believe he’s going to try everything to succeed for the last time.
“Fernando Santos is the right guy in the right place. Very stable, very calm, very adapted. And he knows the players very, very well. By keeping Cristiano, Pepe, Rui Patricio and Joao Moutinho, he has a structure of experienced boys.”