Jose Mourinho soaked by Roma players as they stormed the press conference in celebration
The former Chelsea and Man Utd boss lifted his fifth European crown on Wednesday night and was at the heart of celebrations alongside his Roma players after defeating Feyenoord in Tirana
Former Man Utd and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was doused in champagne during his post-match press conference after winning the inaugural Europa Conference League title.
The Portuguese schemer led AS Roma to the trophy against a stubborn Feyenoord side in Tirana, Nicolo Zaniolo’s first-half strike proving enough for the Italian giants. All in all, it was Mourinho’s fifth major European title after winning the Europa League twice with Porto and Man Utd, while he also has two Champions League crowns to his name.
It’s certainly quite an achievement, Roma having never tasted European glory, while their previous silverware returned in 2008 with success in the Coppa Italia.
Mourinho was certainly at the heart of the celebrations alongside his players after the match, while his post-match media engagements were also cut short. A number of Roma players stormed the manager’s press conference and showered him with beer.
Mourinho was then forced to leave the conference and continue the celebrations elsewhere in the Arena Kombëtare. However, he still had time to salute Roma’s achievement on the night after setting his sights on glory in the competition in September after opening his campaign with a group clash against CSKA Sofia.
Speaking to Sky Sport Italia after the full-time whistle, Mourinho said: “There are so many things going through my mind. So many things at once.
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“I’ve been in Rome for 11 months, I realized as soon as I arrived what it meant, they were waiting for this. As I told the guys in the dressing room in Turin, we did what had to be done, qualify for the Europa League. We’ve had a good job all season.
“It wasn’t work tonight, it was history. History had to be written. We wrote it.
“The Conference League is a competition that we felt we could win from the start, but it got stronger when the Europa League teams arrived, Leicester City, Olympique de Marseille and Feyenoord. But we were counting on it. , we could have had a few more points in Serie A, but we have invested so much in this competition.
Elsewhere, Tammy Abraham has been full of praise for his head coach having previously hailed his impact on his personal performances, with the England striker scoring nine goals for Roma in the Conference League this season.
Speaking ahead of the semi-final showdown with Leicester City, he said: “He really knows how to drive you, and that’s what I needed. I needed someone who could push me and pull me. the best of me.
“He’s one of those managers who doesn’t have to tell you how good you are and how well you’ve played. He always wants more and for me and the players, he’s the manager. perfect Jose is for me probably one of the best trainers to have walked on planet earth.