Jose Mourinho after Roma’s Europa Conference League title: We made history | football news

An emotional Jose Mourinho celebrated what he described as a historic achievement after becoming the second manager after Giovanni Trapattoni to win five major European titles as his AS Roma side lifted the Europa Conference League.

Mourinho, who had previously won the Champions League, Europa League and UEFA Cup, completed a unique European trophy case when Roma defeated Feyenoord 1-0 in Tirana to ensure he could add the first conference league to his collection.

That’s five European finals he’s won during his spells at Porto, Inter Milan, Manchester United and now Roma since 2003.

“The great thing about my career is that in addition to the Europa League with Manchester United, it’s also very, very, very special to do it with Porto, Inter and Roma,” said Mourinho.

“It’s one thing to win when everyone is expecting it when you’ve made the investments to win, but it’s quite another thing to win when something feels immortal that feels really special.

“That stays in the history of the Roma, but also in mine. I’ve been told it’s just me, Sir Alex (Ferguson) and Giovanni Trapattoni who have won trophies in three different decades. I feel a bit old but it’s good for my career.”

Roma are the first Italian side to win a major European competition since Inter Milan in 2010
Roma are the first Italian side to win a major European competition since Inter Milan in 2010

It was a happy end to Mourinho’s first season in the Italian capital after leading his side to sixth place in Serie A that season.

The Portuguese has no plans to seek new challenges as he is already looking forward to next season with the club.

“Now I’m staying, there’s no doubt about that,” Mourinho added. “Even though some rumors pop up, I just want to stay with Roma.

“We need to understand what our owners, who are fantastic people, want to do next season because that’s history, but we can build a really strong project with honest professionals.

“Of course I feel like a Romanista but that could be my way of working. I’m a Porto fan, an Inter fan, a Chelsea fan, I’m crazy about Real Madrid, I’m a Roma fan now, I belong to all.” those clubs because we had those moments together.”

Feyenoord coach Arne Slot said: “It’s always interesting to see how the first 15 minutes go. In this phase we had the game well under control. But a half lasts 45 minutes and our problems had to do with the decisions our players made, with and without the ball.

“I told the players during the break what they need to do better. In the second half we were sharp from the start but you need a bit of luck and we didn’t get that. We had the time and the opportunity to score and we didn’t. Maybe that has something to do with the quality of the opponent.

“In a final you don’t get dozens of chances, you get a few. It’s particularly difficult to create chances in a final against an Italian team, and even more so when it’s an Italian team coached by Mourinho.”

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  • Mourinho is the second manager, after Giovanni Trapattoni, to have won five major European titles. The Portuguese has now won the UEFA Europa Conference League twice, the UEFA Champions League twice and the UEFA Cup/Europa League twice.
  • Mourinho’s teams have elapsed 423 minutes since they last conceded a goal in a major European final, with Henrik Larsson being the last player to score in such a game against one of his sides (57th minute for Celtic in the UEFA Cup against Porto in the year 2003). . Mourinho’s sides have kept four straight clean sheets since then.

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