Chelsea boss Mourinho reviews first round of World Cup games

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Jose Mourinho believes England's match against Italy, that featured Liverpool, Manchester United and Everton stars, was the pick of the first round.

Every participant nation of the 2014 World Cup has already competed in at least one match in Brazil and, according to Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, there is one clear pick for game of the tournament thus far - and it is not Germany's demolition job on Portugal, nor is it Holland's 5-1 thumping of Spain but, rather, the more even contest between Italy and England.

Speaking to Yahoo, Mourinho explained that: "The German are Holland results are really impressive but I have to say, honestly, Spain and Portugal didn't compete at the level they can or should and they gave Holland and Germany the matches where they could get this high score."

Italy edged England by a 2-1 score in a match that exhibited attacking spirit, highlighted Raheem Sterling's effectiveness on the world stage but reinforced a point long known - Andrea Pirlo's ability to control a game at a job.

"The Italy and England game was one I consider high-level as two teams were really good and strong, two teams playing well with a good refereeing performance," said the Blues boss.

"There was technical quality, competition, intensity, right aggressivity [sic] and all the right ingredients for a good football match.

"That for me was the real game."

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