Jose Mourinho was forced to admit that his prediction about the Liverpool-Bayern Munich match was wrong after Jurgen Klopp’s side were 3-1 winners at the Allianz Arena.
The former Manchester United manager was convinced that Bayern had the advantage after a goalless first leg at Anfield.
However, with the Reds through to the quarter-finals, Mourinho ended up praising Klopp’s side, and criticised Bayern for a lacklustre display at home.
“My analysis was based on Bayern tradition and Bayern I think for nine consecutive years they go to the quarter-final – so I think it’s the first time in nine years that they don’t go,” Mourinho said when reminded about his prediction that Bayern would win the tie.
“By the other side I was looking at Liverpool, they were on their way down in the Premier League and they were losing lots of points, and they come with for sure the best performance of the season in the Champions League. For sure.
“So they managed to surprise me. I don’t think they surprised themselves because of course they are the first ones to believe. But to surprise lots of people with that strong performance.
“That puts them now in of course a good position for the Champions League fight. But I think also by the mental point of view maybe they are reborn and they can bring this kind of performance to the Premier League.”
He continued: ‘Bayern was just sad to see. I think they buckled at every possible perspective. Liverpool was the team that brought the line up, Bayern was the team that kept the line back, big distance between the lines.
“[Robert] Lewandowski too lonely. No pressure in the midfield. James Rodriguez absolutely lost, incapable of making any kind of pressing, any kind of game in between the lines or connection with the three attacking players. So I think really a sad performance from Bayern.”