Jose Mourinho sobbed as Roma defeated Leicester 2-1 on aggregate to reach the final of the first Uefa Conference League.
Roma haven’t won a trophy since the Coppa Italia in 2008, and the Portuguese coach is the first to reach the final of a major European tournament with four separate teams.
Mourinho acknowledged, “I am quite emotional.” “This is our Champions League.” When you work, live, and breathe Rome, you breathe this club since it is the city’s true club.
“I sensed it was tremendous from the start… but no triumphs and few finals The club’s social component is unrelated to its history.
“We were able to develop an adequate squad that matured gradually enough to defeat a Premier League [club].” Of course, I’ve had bigger moments than this, but I’m not feeling sorry for myself; I’m feeling sorry for the people and my teammates.”
Mourinho also threw a dig at his old club, Tottenham Hotspur, who fired him in April 2021, two days before the Carabao Cup final, in which they lost 1-0 to Manchester City.
“Every club I coached made it to the final,” he remarked. “I can’t say I played in the championship with all of them.”
This time, there will be no fairytale. Even for Leicester, a team that has made a practice of defying the odds in recent years, the burden of defeating a Jose Mourinho-led Roma side and its raucous fans were too much.
The Foxes’ search for their first European final continues with a narrow loss at the hands of a familiar face, England’s own Tammy Abraham, and a painfully familiar source: a corner kick.
Leicester’s failure to defend corners has plagued them all season, with 14 goals surrendered in the Premier League, and Abraham just needed 11 minutes to bury a header from six yards.
It gave Mourinho everything he needed: a lead he could cling to. That is exactly what his squad accomplished, as Leicester failed to register a single shot on goal until the 79th minute.
The Romans’ full-time shout was the sound of a fanbase enjoying its first European final in 31 years, a crowd energized and thrilled by its Portuguese coach and his tried-and-true ways.
Long before the game began, it was evident that this was no ordinary night in the Eternal City. The closer you came to the ground, the more beeping scooters and dispersed groups of spectators coalesced into a seething mass of humans clothed in red and yellow.
The home crowd replied to Mourinho’s pre-match rallying cry inside the Stadio Olimpico.