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Jose Mourinho Jokes He Will Knock Cristiano Ronaldo Down if He Played Against Him

Mourinho isn't worried about facing Ronaldo in Serie A
Mourinho isn't worried about facing Ronaldo in Serie A / Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images

New AS Roma boss Jose Mourinho has insisted that Cristiano Ronaldo has no reason to fear his presence in Italy and that he is not worried about coming up against his former manager in Serie A.

Mourinho was appointed Roma's manager last month and will come up against his former Real Madrid player, Ronaldo, who currently plays for Juventus.

The former Manchester United, Chelsea, and Tottenham boss was asked if he was looking forward to facing Ronaldo.

"Ronaldo doesn't have to worry about me, because I don't play at centre-back," he said.

If I played, of course I would knock him down, but I don't have the quality for that. And I'm a little old for that."

Mourinho enjoyed a successful first stint in Serie A with Inter between 2008 and 2010, and guided the club to league titles as well as Champions League success. After his departure, Antonio Conte was the only second manager to lead Inter to Serie A glory.

The Portuguese was asked for his thoughts on Conte, and insisted there is no point in comparing the two managers, and said: "There are some coaches in the club's history that you should never compare to others. At Roma, for example, don't compare Fabio Capello or Nils Liedholm to other coaches. For Inter, never compare others to Helenio Herrera or me, because you can't do that."