Jose Mourinho names his two teams to watch at the 2018 World Cup

Jose Mourinho names his two teams to watch at the 2018 World Cup

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has singled out Spain and Brazil as his teams to watch for the World Cup.

Brazil go into the tournaments as favourites to win their sixth World Cup trophy while Spain will be looking for number two and hoping to forget their performances from 2014.

Spain went out at the group stages in Brazil four years ago while the tournament hosts made it to the semi-finals before being humiliated 7-1 by eventual winners Germany.

And while Mourinho believes the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo can push their respective countries to glory, Spain and Brazil stand out for him.

“Players like [Lionel] Messi and [Cristiano] Ronaldo are so good that they can make their teams better than they are on paper,” he told GQ.

“So I think Argentina and Portugal can do well. Brazil, because of their manager Tite, can play well tactically and defensively, but they still have that natural Brazilian talent.

“They will be a team to watch. And of the European teams, Spain looked really strong in qualifying. They have a mix of good experienced players and quality players.

“But you never know… there can always be a surprise at the World Cup.”

Spain, champions in 2010, kick off their World Cup campaign in Group B against Portugal on June 15th before going on to face Iran and Morocco.

While Brazil go up against Switzerland on June 17th, and then face Costa Rica and Serbia in Group E for a place in the knock-out stages.