The words of the Special One
Roma won the Conference League. In the post-match interview Mourinho revealed all the satisfaction for the goal achieved. These are his words:
Her tears impress us “A lot of things go through my head (he cries, ed)”.
Did you expect this involvement? “In Rome you understand immediately and after 11 months it is easy to foresee all this”.
Roma hadn’t won in Europe for 50 years “In Turin we did what we had to do. Today it wasn’t work but it was about writing history. We did it.”
Become immortal with this title, did you expect to do it right away? “The Conference is a competition that from the beginning we had the feeling of being able to win. Then it became more demanding like the Europa League but we were aiming for it a lot. In the championship we could have had more points but we reached the goal without missing the Europa League. I remain without a doubt despite the rumors. I have to understand what the Friedkins want to do next season because we can follow up on a good project of honest and serious people. You just need to understand the direction. “
It was a great contract to hire her, but she immediately made history “In Rome and in my history. Only me, Ferguson and Trapattoni have won in Europe in three different decades, it makes me feel old but it’s a beautiful thing. Now I’m going on vacation to the sea to think about all this”.
What is different about this victory? “The great thing about my career is that beyond winning with United, doing it with Porto, Inter and Roma is special. It’s one thing to win when the team is made to win, it’s another to win things that remain forever. . This makes us feel special. I think more of the Roma fans and I hope they will wait for us to party and have fun. I’m really happy for the Roma family. “
What is the message we send? “I feel like a Romanist. Maybe it’s a way of working, I’m from Inter, Porto and Chelsea. I’m on the side of those we have a family with. Today, with all due respect for the clubs where I’ve worked, I’m a 100% Romanista.” .
MOURINHO IN PRESS CONFERENCE
It bothers her to be labeled as a great communicator and not as a great coach who manages to get the most out of the players even in difficult conditions. “Yesterday a Dutch journalist asked me a question, indeed a statement. Which is very difficult to win by playing good football. My answer was that it is very difficult to win. And to win you need to have many ingredients. And our team has played 55 games, Rui Patricio has played 54 for 90 minutes, that’s absurd. Others have done more than 40 or 45 and we reached the final in these extreme conditions of physical and mental fatigue. But on the mental one we managed to work on it, making it very well hidden. Physical fatigue is more difficult and it takes emotional characteristics of a fantastic, exceptional group to beat it. I remember when they offered me a dinner, I told them that 100% the season would end in a special way and it was like that “.
“In the second half we were in difficulty, but not only physically because it would not be fair to opponents who played well, they put us in difficulty, forcing us to change our way of playing. I want to congratulate Feyenoord, as we have. played 15 games from the start, like us they made a great semifinal and gave a new prestige to a new competition that has become important today. For me the semifinal and final of the Conference League is not even comparable to the Europa League. Today we have made history, this team was not made to reach the Champions League, we did not have a sufficiently strong and experienced squad and no different options. Our job was to improve last year’s ranking and go to the Europa League. We had to make history, and history it’s not playing the final. I also shared my lost finals with the guys and every time I lost it I said to myself ‘what am I doing here?’ We won, the boys gave everything. It’s a shame that they go to the national team now, because if they have the same energy as I have, they had to go directly to the beach. Instead they have to play. “
The most beautiful victory from an emotional point of view? I have won European cups with four different clubs. Winning with Manchester United, even if it wasn’t the real Manchester United, is almost natural. Winning the Champions League with Porto is not normal and makes a people happy. Winning the Champions League with Inter is the same thing and winning today with Roma is the joy of a people. And this has a special meaning.
Then the players burst into the press room complete with an uncorked bottle and begin to celebrate with Mourinho. ‘Campeones’, they all scream with Pellegrini in their heads and take their coach away to the rhythm of the music.
“Yes, it’s like the first time. Everyone said I was an expert but nothing changes. The last few days have been difficult, I’ve made decisions with my staff, hidden work with my players. We came here as the family we are , a family that managed to survive the difficulties even today. A difficult second half, but we are here, let’s go to Rome, let’s take the cup. The story is made. And now let’s think about next season, let’s see what is possible to do with our owners. Now it’s a beautiful victory “.
Did they make you two water balloons with champagne? “They made me two water balloons … Phone, watch …”.
How important is this victory among all the ones you have experienced? “The most important victory is the last. And it’s always the next one, the first of the championship next year. This is very very beautiful. We were really far away, for what we had done.”
It took her to return to winning in Europe after 12 years without a win for Italian football … “You managed to reach the European final, with Juve for example. 12 years is too long without winning for Italy. May it come next year, for Fiorentina in the Conference, us in the Europa League, others in the Champions League.”
There are those who fear that Mourinho will not stay in Rome. Can he reassure them? “I stay 100%, more or less happy. I can’t help but stay with such an honest property, the people in Trigoria, with the players with whom there is a love relationship, the fans with whom I will remain connected for life.” .
What does this victory taste like? “What can I say? There’s nothing to say.”
How long have you worked with this team? How much did it grow? “It is not a team, but a family. This is the best thing. Winning today is the thing we all expected, but it is thanks to the built family and the full Olimpico that supports the team after a draw against a Venice that could have been being fatal is proof of this. The concept of family is staying together in good and bad times. This is what happened here. Then there is a smaller family which is the rose and the staff of Trigoria. We deserved all of this. . When we had dinner of a thousand games at the beginning of the season I said that he was sure we would do something special. And it ended like this. A pity that many have stayed in Rome. Rome is a Romanist, in the city there is another club but Roma is the team of the city “.
We haven’t won a cup in two hours “In Portugal they will soon say that Mourinho hasn’t won anything for two days. It’s the pressure. Let’s go celebrate.”
May 26, 2022 (change May 26, 2022 | 02:00)
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