‘Championship Contractor’ Jose Mourinho (60, Portugal) AS Roma (Italy) coach aims for the 6th European championship trophy in his career.
Rome drew 0-0 in the second leg of the semifinal against Leverkusen (Germany) of the European Football Federation Europa League (UEL) in the 2022-23 season held at Leverkusen Bay Arena in Germany on the 19th (Korean time).
Roma, who won 1-0 at home in the first leg, advanced to the final by beating Leverkusen with a total of 1 win and 1 draw.
Coach Mourinho and Roma,메이저사이트 who won the first championship of the European Football Confederation Europa Conference League last year, revealed a green light to win the European competition for the second consecutive year.
Dubbed the ‘Special One’, Mourinho is one of the most successful coaches in Europe. Mourinho is the only coach who has won all three UEFA club competitions as a leader.
He led Porto (Portugal) to win the UEFA Cup (2002-03 season), the predecessor of the Europa League, and the Champions League (2003-04 season).
Subsequently, Inter Milan (Italy) lifted the UCL trophy in the 2009-10 season, and Manchester United (England) reached the top of the Europa League in the 2016-17 season.
Coach Mourinho, who took the helm of Rome in the 2021-22 season, experienced the UEFA Europa Conference League invitation last season and proved that he was a ‘winner’, and took the opportunity to win the Europa League trophy this time.
The Associated Press also said on the same day, “Coach Mourinho got a chance to win his sixth European trophy.”
Coach Mourinho and Roma players congratulate themselves on reaching the Europa League final. ⓒ AFP=News1
He praised the Roma players in an interview with Sky Sports. Coach Mourinho raised his thumb, saying, “This is an incredible team. Our players deserve special congratulations.”
But the opponent is also not easy. It is called the ‘Europa League’s King’ and has to surpass Sevilla (Spain), which has won the championship six times, the most in this competition. The Europa League final of the 2022-23 season will be held in Budapest, Hungary on June 1.
Sevilla is aiming for the 7th Europa League trophy following the 2005-06, 2006-07, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2019-20 seasons. Sevilla advanced to the final by defeating Italian powerhouse Juventus in the semifinals.
Sevilla drew attention by beating strong teams such as Manchester United (England) and Juventus one after another in the tournament this season.
Sevilla midfielder Suso Fernández said, “Roma, led by coach Mourinho, is a great team. He knows how to play well, but we are also a strong team. We will do our best to achieve results.”