While England’s footballers were clearly satisfied with the point in the Group D match of the European Championship, a goalless draw with Scotland was a disappointment for Albion fans.
In his commentary for the English daily The Sun, the famous Portuguese coach José Mourinho set out to perform the English in a match between a “Czech” group and Scotland. Coach Gareth Southgate’s charges with the island rival only drew 0-0 – and both opponents could be satisfied with the point.
While England practically secured the eighth finals before the duel with the Czech Republic, the Scots stayed in the game for the third, possibly promotion place.
“I did not notice any risk or the desire of England to gamble and try to win. I did not see any cross passes, no progress, I did not see any overlap,” said Mourinho.
The famous Portuguese coach, who led Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham for many years, declares his words in the play of middle midfielder Calvin Phillips. “If England wanted to win, he would step forward from the 60th minute and get more room for creativity. But the fear of defeat kept him behind,” said the man who was to take over AS Roma from the new season.
It was difficult for him to digest the passage from the 70th minute until the end, when England was only concentrating on maintenance and the only excitement in front of Marshall’s goal was aroused only by protests after Sterling’s fall in the penalty area. “The pragmatism of the result and the progression numbers became clear from the 70th to the 75th minute. They were more important than the emotions of the game or the determination to win over the historical opponent,” the 58-year-old coach criticized.
On the other hand, he praised Albion’s defense. “They were strong in defense and moved well, but that’s not enough, they should give their game a little more.”
After a draw with Scotland with four points, England placed second in group D. Only for the score for the Czechia, with which they will compete for victory in the group on Tuesday. In the final census, however, the second place may be more advantageous, offering a much more pleasant eight-final menu in the form of, for example, Slovakia or Sweden, while the group’s winners are threatened by Portugal, France or Germany.
“I don’t think a draw is a drama for an English camp, it’s more of a drama for fans waiting for a big game against Scotland,” Mourinho sighed.