Jose Mourinho He has seen and experienced almost everything in football. He was at the top after victories in the Champions League with Porto and Inter, but he was also expelled from clubs for lack of success: in Manchester and Tottenham.
He loved the coach and lived to extremes, it is not for nothing that he called himself “Special One”. One would think that the 59-year-old’s 59-year-old CAF finale shouldn’t particularly affect the 59-year-old.
Yet he is! like his Rome In the semi-final against Leicester City he celebrated a place in the final (1-0), all the emotions erupted from the veteran. Mourinho howled uncontrollably in front of the ecstatic cheers of nearly 64,000 spectators. On Wednesday (9:00 pm / nitro) in the Albanian capital Tirana, Feyenoord Rotterdam will compete for the title in the inaugural season of this competition.
Roma changed Mourinho
Rome He did something with the often arrogant Mourinho, both at the club and in the city. The coach explained his emotional outburst at home in the Olympic Stadium: “People here haven’t had this moment in a long time.” “I was thinking about the fans here, the players, not myself.”
The capital’s wolf-wearing club does not have a bloated souvenir locker like most of Mourinho’s previous clubs: winning the 1961 Fairs Cup is their only international success to date. After that, Roma was still in the finals in 1983 in the national championship and in 1991 in the European Cup, but lost both duels. Roma became a national hero three times. For comparison: Mourinho won four international club titles and eight league titles.
Accordingly, in the summer of 2021 he was received as a savior in the Eternal City, and presented himself almost as Emperor. But the season did not go as desired, even the trade magazine “Gazzetta dello Sport” noted that the captain “behaves like a tired gladiator, a seasoned warrior who has won a lot”, but he is no longer able to do so. Roma were left behind by the top teams in the Italian league, and Mourinho’s team did not play good football.
A clear commitment to the club
The club missed the leap to the European first division as it finished sixth in the table behind hated city rivals Lazio. So, did Mourinho’s project fail in Rome, well before the end of the decade in 2024? never. “I don’t even think about leaving before these three years,” the coach recently explained.
He has the passion in the city and especially at FC Roma, a club that can still worship football champions like Francesco Totti or Daniele De Rossi. Of course, Mourinho still has a long way to go to achieve the status of such club icons, especially since the expectations of fans and club owners from the United States have been huge.
Last week Mourinho experienced the specially arranged UEFA press day for the final and was visibly upset. The fire in which the international evenings woke up was palpable – the Portuguese are far from having enough. “The conference league is our champions league,” the coach explained.
A reporter asked him about the satisfaction he and Carlo Ancelotti felt from Real Madrid reaching the Champions League final, which many experts have ranked as early retirees compared to young, rising coaches like Julian Nagelsmann. Mourinho said: “Age does not matter to the coaches.” “The only things that matter are quality, motivation and passion.” Mourinho stressed that no one should tell him when to stop. “If someone waits to say Basta, they can wait a long time.”
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