Jose Mourinho has predicted which teams will make the last 16 of the World Cup and it looks good for the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
Despite the Super Eagles’ poor friendly games results ahead of the tournament, the Manchester United boss has tipped them to finish second in Group D while Argentina tops the group.
Genort Rohr’s side, however face the daunting task of meeting France; the team that knocked them out of the tournament four years ago.
The former Chelsea boss also tipped two other African countries – Egypt and Senegal to make it to the second round.
Meanwhile, Mourinho thinks the Poles will finish second in Group H behind Senegal, who would take on Group G runners-up Belgium.
The Portuguese however, admitted to being torn over who he wants to progress deep into the tournament – due to wanting his Red Devils stars to go on holidays before the new season.
“I want my players to win, but I also want my players to go on holiday. So this will be tough,” he said as a guest host on RT.
From Group A, Mourinho has Uruguay progressing as group winners, while he tips hosts Russia to pip Egypt into second spot.
He has Spain winning Group B with his native Portugal coming runners-up. The duo face off in their opening game of the tournament.
In Group C, France will finish first ‘no problem’, reckons Mourinho. But he expects second spot to be more of a battle, plumping for Australia to end the group second.
Brazil are Mourinho’s tip to win Group E, while Switzerland finishes second.
“Germany has to win,” says Mourinho of Group F, followed by Mexico in the runners-up spot.
Jose Mourinho’s World Cup last 16 predictions
Uruguay vs Portugal
Spain vs Russia
France vs Nigeria
Argentina vs Australia
Brazil vs Mexico
Germany vs Switzerland
England vs Poland
Senegal vs Belgium