An emotional Jose Mourinho celebrated an historic achievement having grow to be the second supervisor to win 5 main European titles after Giovanni Trapattoni as his AS Roma aspect clinched the UEFA Europa Convention League on Wednesday.
Mourinho, who had beforehand gained the Champions League, Europa League and the UEFA Cup, accomplished a singular European trophy haul as Roma beat Feyenoord 1-0 in Tirana to make sure he may add the inaugural Convention League to his assortment.
That’s 5 European finals at Porto, Internazionale, Manchester United and Roma since 2003 that Mourinho has coached in and 5 occasions he has taken house the trophy. The win additionally makes him the one coach in European historical past to have gained the Champions League, Europa League, UEFA Tremendous Cup and, now, the Convention League.
“The beauty of my profession is that, other than the Europa League with Manchester United, doing it with Porto, Inter and Roma could be very, very, very particular,” Mourinho mentioned.
“It’s one factor to win when everybody expects it, once you made the investments to win, however it’s fairly one other to win when one thing feels immortal, that feels actually particular.
“This stays within the historical past of Roma, but additionally mine. I used to be informed solely I, Sir Alex [Ferguson] and Giovanni Trapattoni gained trophies in three completely different a long time. It makes me really feel a bit of outdated, however it’s good for my profession.”
It represented a superb finish to his first season within the Italian capital for Mourinho, having steered his aspect to a sixth-placed end in Serie A this time period.
The Portuguese has no plans to hunt new challenges, as he’s already seeking to subsequent season with the membership.
“Now I’m staying, there are not any doubts,” Mourinho added. “Even when some rumours emerge, I solely need to stay at Roma.
“We should perceive what our house owners, who’re improbable folks, need to do subsequent season, as a result of that is historical past, however we will construct a very sturdy undertaking with trustworthy professionals.
“After all I really feel like a Romanista, however that may be my method of working. I’m a Porto fan, an Inter fan, a Chelsea fan, I’m loopy about Real Madrid, I’m now a Roma fan. I belong to all these golf equipment as a result of we had these moments collectively.”
On the shedding aspect of the ultimate, Feyenoord captain Justin Bijlow mentioned they missed the possibility to place the membership again on the map after their first look in a European closing in 20 years led to deep disappointment.
“That is horrible. We actually wished to take the cup with us, to thank the supporters and to place Feyenoord again on the map. Sadly it did not work out like that,” mentioned goalkeeper Bijlow.
Bijlow mentioned Feyenoord utilized loads of stress and brought on Roma difficulties.
“You noticed that they had hassle coping with us. However sadly it wasn’t ok. It’s kind of of cliche, however it was 20 years in the past that we final performed in a European closing. That sounds good, however it’s true. However for now it is particularly horrible that we won’t take the cup to Rotterdam.”
Coach Arne Slot tried to melt the blow for his gamers after the match.
“I informed them I could not take the frustration away from them, however I additionally mentioned that it was a privilege to work with this group daily this season,” he mentioned.
“There hasn’t been a day that we’ve not loved being on the coaching discipline collectively.”