As Jose Mourinho tries to win more European trophies, Roma is getting ready to play Feyenoord in the final of the Europa League.
said that the Europa League was like the Champions League forRoma
before the final againstFeyenoord
, but he can't see himself leaving the game. In the first
Europa Conference League final
, which will be held in Tirana on Wednesday, Roma will play Feyenoord of the Eredivisie.
The giants of the Eternal City are already sure to play in the Europa League next season. With one game to go, they have already made sure of a top-six finish in Serie A. Mourinho has won the Champions League with Porto, Inter, and Manchester United. He also won the Europa League with Manchester United
The coach from Portugal is determined to win another European trophy. "I am a coach with a long history, and Roma is a big club," he told UEFA's Italian website. "I did feel like it was partly my job to make this a big competition. We slowly came to understand that our goal was to go as far as we could. We were proud to watch the semi-finals, which were played in stadiums with more than 170,000 fans."
"Our Champions League is the Conference League. We are at this level, and this is the competition we are trying to win. This is the first time in a long time that the club has reached a game like this." Roma hasn't won a trophy since 2007-08, when they won the Coppa Italia and the Supercoppa Italiana. Mourinho expects his team to step up to the challenge as they try to end their trophy drought.
"We can't remember that. "In my opinion, the final should be treated as a one-time match that brings pressure, tension, and a sense of responsibility," he said. "Right now, we need to forget about Roma's past and just focus on the final and our opponent. It would be great for the city, the club, and all of us to win, of course.
"Even if I win four European titles with four different clubs, I will never forget the first, the Cup Winners' Cup I won as Bobby Robson's assistant at Barcelona in 1996-97. Every time I sat on the bench next to him, I was very proud. Each new goal is more important than the last one. You might have just been in the right place at the right time if you won the first. Getting a second is harder, and getting a third is even harder than getting a second.
"It's one thing to win, but it's a whole different thing to be successful and win all the time for your whole career." Mourinho says that he has no plans to quit managing anytime soon, no matter how the final turns out. In 2013, before Manchester United played Real Madrid, [Alex] Ferguson asked me to come to his office, which later became my office. I asked, "How are things going, boss?" Does it get different over time?'" he added.
"He told me, 'Don't be stupid, nothing ever changes. It stays the same until the end.' Because of this, I keep saying, "I can't believe I'm 59!" I can't believe I've been a coach for 21, 22 years already. "I can't tell you when I'll retire because I can't see it in my mind. The fire stays the same."
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