Jose Mourinho in tears after AS Roma reach UEFA Europa Conference League final
Jose Mourinho burst into tears after AS Roma edged past Leicester to book a spot in the inaugural Europa Conference League final.
The Italian outfit broke the deadlock on the night through former Chelsea hitman Tammy Abraham, with his 11th minute goal nudging Roma into a 2-1 aggregate lead. Mourinho’s side will now collide with Dutch giants Feyenoord in the final on May 25 in Albania.
It was a historic night for Mourinho, who became the first coach to take four different teams to a European final after his previous exploits with Porto, Inter Milan and Manchester United. And the 59-year-old now has a chance to go one further and end Roma’s 14-year trophy drought later this month.
The Portuguese chief – who was appointed by the Italian club in a bid to win silverware last summer – was visibly emotional at the conclusion of Thursday night’s crunch clash in the Stadio Olimpico. And he claimed that his emotion was for the club’s fans as they celebrated a historic night.
Speaking after the match, Mourinho said: “Why did I shed a tear? Because I feel what [the fans] all feel. It’s a giant club without a trophy room for the social importance of this club. I know what it means to these people and my emotion was for them. I’ve been lucky enough to be in more prestigious finals but this made me feel very special.
“We have a sense of family. With age you become less selfish and more of a father or even a grandfather to some of them, I’m very happy for all of them. Rome is a red and yellow city, we’ll see the joy over the coming days. I’ve made a small contribution to that.”