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Mourinho says ‘only big clubs reach two consecutive European finals’

Jose Mourinho, ahead of Roma’s Europa League final against Sevilla on Wednesday night, emphasized that typically only the best and largest clubs have the ability to succeed in consecutive European competitions.

The renowned coach engaged in a brief interview with Sky Sport Italia on Monday afternoon, just two days prior to the Giallorossi’s match in Budapest. Their aim is to become the first team to prevent six-time Europa League champions Sevilla from winning the final.

Mourinho, who has never lost in any of his five previous European finals, also expressed that his primary focus is no longer on winning titles but rather on bringing happiness to the Roma supporters.

Mourinho talks about his future

“We work hard every day to build the history of Roma, only big clubs with great histories are usually capable of reaching two consecutive European finals,” Mourinho said on Monday afternoon. 

“I don’t think much about what I’ve won in my career. The past is the past and history cannot be changed. I always look to the future, perhaps this is the secret of my philosophy. 

“I’ve been in football for a long time, this final is a new final. At this point, I no longer think about what I could win, but about the happiness I could bring to the Roma fans. It is a city that thrives on football. Roma is about the sense of belonging, it is being part of something.” 

Sky also asked Mourinho about his long-term future as a coach, but aged 60, Mourinho is adamant that he still has plenty of years left in the game before calling it a day on a marvellous career. 

He said: “I’m not ready to close this chapter at all. I’ve been in football for many years, people think I’m older than I am. Maybe they see my white hair and think I’m old, but I’m not old enough to think about calling it a day. You will still see me for many years to come.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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