The Real Madrid coach was in Singapore to meet the recipients of the Peter Lim Scholarship and shared his personal philosophy and candid views on football
An opening match defeat against Germany with a sterile performance to forget, Portugal have looked far from staking a claim for the European Championship. But a last-gasp win against tournament surprise package Denmark on Wednesday night has put Cristiano Ronaldo and co. back on track for a spot in the knockout stages.
Countryman Jose Mourinho, who reportedly offered his Real Madrid star words of consolation after a dismal performance in the opening match, believes that Portugal can still reach the quarter-finals.
"I think Portugal lost the plot against, for sure, one of the best teams in the tournament," said the former Fifa World Coach of the Year.
"The most important thing is to win the next two matches and qualify. Portugal won on Wednesday, and now they don't depend on other teams. They depend on themselves.
"If they can do their job against Holland, Portugal is in the quarter-finals."
Despite the optimism over his country's progress, Mourinho was less than impressed with the team's capability, ruling them out as one of the top teams at the Euro.
"I don't think Portugal is one of the two to three top teams in the competition," was his frank assessment of the team, without any prompt.
"But these short competitions with knockouts in 90mins and sometimes extra-time or penalties, everything will be decided.
"So Portugal can still reach the quarter-finals and anything can happen.
"But I'd say that Portugal is not one of the two to three best teams of the tournament."
The 'Special One' also spoke on the defending champions Spain's chances.
"Spain is the world champion and there's no doubt about it," said Mourinho.
"They are one of the best teams in Europe. Normally, if things go in the right direction, Spain has to qualify, Spain has to go through.
"Spain has to compete maybe with Germany and a couple of other teams to be champion of Europe."
When a journalist made the mistake of comparing Spain with Barcelona, Mourinho was quick to point out the distinction between the two and slipped in a coy stab at the Catalan side as well.
"You speak about Spain and Barcelona but the national team of Spain has five Real Madrid players too," reminded Mourinho.
"I don't know why you would mix that up because those are complete separate things.
"Barcelona was the champion of Spain. And i repeat was the champion of Spain, and nothing more."