Mourinho makes Ruben Dias claim as City star wins another award

Ruben Dias’ first season at Man City has ended spectacularly as the FWA Footballer of the Year added the Premier League Player of the Year Award to his already impressive collection.

Those awards capped off a sensational debut campaign as Dias’ side claimed another domestic double and reached the Champions League Final in Porto.

His performances have earned him praise from football experts all over the world, including newly appointed Roma Head Coach, and three time Premier League winning manager, Jose Mourinho.

“Ruben Dias is the best centre back in the world now,” he told The Sun. “With his move to the Premier League with Manchester City, he is getting a different level of knowledge.”

The Portuguese international now looks nailed on for a starting spot at Euro 2020 and has a realistic chance of helping his country retain the title they won five years ago in France. Mourinho believes that with Pepe alongside Dias, Portugal have a solid foundation to build from the back.

“He is a fantastic centre back. And the one next to him, Pepe, a 38-year-old with a lot of experience. That can be a strength for Portugal as they then have lots of talented players in attack.”

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Mourinho continued by offering his thoughts on England’s chances of international success: “It’s a generation full of good players. The squad is amazing,’ he said.

‘”The squad is very good, full of options. It’s not like some others where you can field a good starting XI but then during the competition they will be in trouble with an injury or a suspension.”

Mourinho concluded by emphasising that Gareth Southgate’s side have a good chance of winning the competition, especially given that the semi-finals and final will be played in England. However, they will still need to cope with the pressure, and will need to beat teams like Dias’ Portugal in order to avoid another disappointment.

“It has to be now, because it was in 1966. It wasn’t in Euro 96, because of a penalty shootout which is something very unpredictable. They have to push with everything this time.”