Mourinho backs Germany to win Group G ahead of Portugal

The Chelsea coach believes Joachim Low’s side will come out on top in qualifying for the knockout stages, but still thinks his native country should finish above Ghana and the USA
Jose Mourinho has admitted that he sees Germany as favourites to win their World Cup group over Portugal.

While predicting which sides would progress from the group stage, the Portuguese coach favoured Joachim Low’s men over his own national team, but still predicted them to overcome Ghana and the USA and reach the knockout stages in Brazil.

"I apologize deeply, but I opt for Germany as group winners and Portugal in second place,” said Mourinho to Yahoo Sport.

The 51-year-old added that while the two group favourites should both go through, he expected no team to finish with zero points in Group G.

Mourinho’s compatriots will play their first game in the tournament against Germany on June 16, before facing Jurgen Klinsmann’s USA side on June 22 and Ghana on June 26.

In his other predictions, the Chelsea coach gave notable mentions to "talented" Belgium and suggested that France would fare better than in their troubled campaign in South Africa in 2010.