Jose Mourinho was recruited as a shocker by Roma’s new management 11 months ago following falling out of favour at Tottenham, immediately connected with the club’s fervent fan base.
By leading Roma to the first Europa Conference League championship. The Portuguese coach extended his flawless record in European finals to five titles. After winning practically everywhere he’s gone, most notably with European heavyweights Real Madrid, Chelsea, and Manchester United. G iving Roma its first continental championship in more than six decades seems unique.
“It’s another place to fight while everyone wants you to win, when the team is built to win, when the capital is invested to win. But it’s quite another to win things that are eternal, that stay forever,” a tearful Mourinho remarked after Roma’s 1-0 triumph against Feyenoord in Tirana, Albania, on Wednesday. “That makes you feel very unique.”
Roma, a 3 Serie A winner that had dropped its last two European finals. He hadn’t achieved any since hoisting the often-ignored Italian Cup trophy 14 years ago.
Mourinho also claimed the 2003 UEFA Cup and 2004 Champions League finals with Porto, as well as the 2010 Champions League final with Inter Milan. And the 2017 Europa League final with Manchester United. Becoming him the first manager to win four European championships with four different teams. He also led Chelsea and Real Madrid to several domestic titles.
Mourinho leaped up and down in joy after the game, holding out five fingers to represent his five European crowns.
Instances like Nicol Zaniolo’s first-half winning goal. The truly gifted 22-year-old midfielder with whom Mourinho came into conflict at the start of the season as he recovered from two serious knee injuries. Including one that managed to keep him out for the entire season. And prevented him from participating in Italy’s chase to the European Championship.
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