Manchester United head coach Jose Mourinho says Russia must win their World Cup opener against Saudi Arabia.
"The Russian team will feel an enormous pressure... the whole world is watching them. They have an excellent chance to defeat Saudi Arabia، who are a team from a different reality in spite of having several talented players. Russia must win،" Mourinho told journalists.
Russia will host its first-ever FIFA World Cup from June 14 to July 15، with the games set to be held in a total of 11 cities. The tournament will kick off at Moscow's 81،000-seater Luzhniki Stadium on Thursday، with the host nation facing Saudi Arabia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend the opening ceremony of the World Cup tonight and watch the opening match between Russia and Saudi Arabia.
Russia is hosting the World Cup for the first time in history. The matches will be held at 12 stadiums across 11 Russian cities، including Moscow، St. Petersburg، Rostov-on-Don، Sochi، Yekaterinburg، Saransk، Kaliningrad، Nizhny Novgorod، Kazan، Volgograd and Samara.