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Jose Mourinho: Saudi Arabia are a naive team


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believes that although ’s squad have some good talent, they are still considered a naive team.

Hosts will kick off their World Cup campaign against Saudi Arabia in their Group A game at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on June 14. They will then play against Egypt, who will be making their first World Cup appearance in 28 years, on June 19 at the Saint Petersburg Stadium before facing Uruguay in their final group game at the Samara Arena on June 25.

The Manchester United coach believes Russia will be under huge pressure when they face the Saudi side in the first game on Friday.

He, however, said that the Russians will have to win the opener, as it would ease their progress to the knockout stage.

Read: England coach Southgate: Egypt and Saudi Arabia pose threat to Russia

“They start the World Cup at home, the world is watching them. There’s a big chance to qualify is to beat Saudi Arabia, that in spite of some talent is a naive team, is a team from a different reality, and Russia has to win it,” Mourinho told RT.

Mourinho previously tipped Uruguay and Russia to progress to the second round, with Uruguay winning the group and the hosts qualifying as second at the expense of Egypt.

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