Despite being in one of the most pressurised jobs in football, Jose Mourinho gets to relax for a month thanks to the World Cup.
And like the rest of us, the Portuguese is taking a stab at how proceedings will go at the extravaganza in Russia.
Mourinho teamed up with resident broadcasters Russia Today to give his prediction on who will progress to the last 16 from the eight groups, although he was biased against the likes of Serbia as he wants Manchester United players such as Nemanja Matic to exit the tournament early to “go on holiday”.
Jose picks Uruguay to top group A, with hosts Russia in second at the expense of Saudi Arabia and Mohamed Salah’s Egypt. Elsewhere, favourites Spain, France, Argentina, Brazil, and Germany are backed to top their respective groups, along with England over Belgium, and Senegal.
He also chooses the unfancied Australia to qualify ahead of Peru and Denmark.
His predictions would lead to the following last 16 draw (with both sides of the draw split along a left/right divide):
Uruguay vs Portugal – Spain vs Russia
France vs Nigeria – Argentina vs Australia
Brazil vs Mexico – Germany vs Switzerland
England vs Poland – Senegal vs Belgium
The potential quarter-final lineups from those games are nothing short of fantastic. The tournament starts next Thursday, 14 June, with Russia facing Saudi Arabia in the opening tie.