Jose Mourinho couldn’t resist taking a pop at Jurgen Klopp after the Liverpool manager was named Best FIFA Men’s Coach for the second year in a row, joking Hansi Flick’s ‘only chance’ was if Bayern Munich had won SEVEN titles.
The 53-year-old German, who led Liverpool to their first Premier League title in 30 years, beat off competition from Marcelo Bielsa and Flick to scoop the prize at Thursday’s glitzy Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony held in Zurich.
Many expected Bayern boss Flick to come out on top given he steered his side to five pieces of silverware last term, including the Champions League and the Bundesliga.
And a surprised Mourinho threatened to reignite his feud with Klopp – just days after their clash at Anfield – by questioning why Flick was overlooked for the prestigious award.
‘I think the only chance for Flick to win is that Bayern find two or three new competitions for him to win,’ the Tottenham head coach said.
‘So maybe if he wins seven titles in one season, maybe he wins the award.
‘I believe he only won Champions League, Bundesliga, Pokal, the name of their [domestic] cup, European Cup, German Super Cup… he only won five, and the biggest one of all.
‘Poor Flick. I think the only chance is for Bayern to find two or three more trophies to see if he can win it.’
Mourinho took to Instagram to pass on his congratulations to Son Heung-min after the Spurs forward picked up the 2020 Puskas Award at Thursday’s ceremony for his incredible solo effort against Burnley.
Describing his stunning goal, Son told host Ruud Gullit: ‘I received the ball in my own box and it was the best option to pass, but I couldn’t find any options.
‘I started to dribble and, after two seconds, I was in front of the goal.
‘I was really surprised and it was such a beautiful goal.’
The South Korean laughed: ‘I’m not blaming my team-mates! They should give me more options! No, I’m joking.
‘Because of that I made a great run, great goal so it’s great for the team-mates as well.’
‘After I scored the goal I didn’t realise it was so amazing,’ he added.
‘When I watched it again after the game I was thinking, “Wow, this was such a special goa!”
‘During the game, you’re focussed on the game but after the game I was so surprised I was so far away, with so many people around me. It was an amazing feeling.’