Mourinho defends Smalling after Messi clash
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Mourinho defends Smalling after Messi clash

Mourinho defends Smalling after Messi clash

12 Apr 2019, 12:00

Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has defender his defender Chris Smalling following his clash with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi in their Wednesday Champions League duel at Old Trafford.

Mourinho described Smalling as "just a tall guy with tall arms" after the England defender left Messi bruised and blooded in the clash; this coming after Smalling struck the star man after he attempted to win the ball ahead of the five-time Ballon d'Or winner.

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"That situation with Smalling and Messi is nothing. It happens," Mourinho said during his appearance on RT. "He's just a tall guy with tall arms. I don't think he has that intention. But they thought about him. And they have to think about him."

"I don't know if they did or if it was Messi who decided to be quiet. I think a little bit of both. United was positively aggressive."

Defensive Point

"By the defensive point of view, they [United] were good, keeping a lot of people behind the ball. But again, there are two legs, you will have to go away in the second game," Mourinho continued.

"If it was a group phase, where one point would be a positive result... They could because Barcelona never killed the game," Mourinho added.

United will hope they can replicate their comeback heroics against PSG in the last round when they travel to Camp Nou to face Barcelona in the second leg of the quarterfinals.