José Mourinho is back in another final. Portugal’s greatest manager of all time will lead Roma in the inaugural Europa Conference League final against Dutch side Feyenoord later this month, after the Giallorossi overcame Leicester City 1-0 [2-1 on aggregate] on Thursday night.

Earlier in the week, Diogo Jota and Liverpool secured their spot in the Champions League final, where they will meet Real Madrid, who sensationally eliminated a Manchester City side containing João Cancelo, Rúben Dias and Bernardo Silva. The Europa League final was also settled, with Gonçalo Paciência’s Eintracht Frankfurt set to face off against Rangers.

Italian capital side Roma have not been to a European final in over 30 years, since losing to Internazionale across two legs in what was the UEFA Cup in the 1990-91 season. Opposition in the semi-final was tough in the shape of English Premier League outfit and current FA Cup holders Leicester City, but a 1-1 draw at the King Power Stadium last week gave Roma a slight advantage ahead of the return at the Stadio Olimpico.

Tammy Abraham’s goal – a thunderous header from Lorenzo Pellegrini’s corner after just ten minutes – proved the winner, giving a Roma side with Sérgio Oliveira in midfield and Rui Patrício in goal a 2-1 aggregate victory. Mourinho’s reaction to the final whistle was touching, with the former Porto boss reduced to tears having guided Roma to the chance of an all-too-rare chance of silverware.

“When you work in Rome, live in Rome and breathe Rome, you breathe this club because it is the real club of the city,” Mourinho told BT Sport after recovering his composure. “I felt from day one it is huge. But no victories and not many finals. The history is not related to the social dimension of the club.

“I am very emotional. Of course, I have had bigger moments than this, but I am not feeling for myself, I am feeling for the people and my players. This for us, is our Champions League.”

“I am so tired; I want to go home!” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“It’s a victory of the family. Not just the one that was on the pitch and on the bench, but in the stadium. That is our greatest achievement, this empathy and sense of family we have created with the fans.

“The lads deserve this; we have three Serie A games left to end as well as possible. We have had a fantastic trajectory to reach the final, we dropped points in Serie A to achieve that, but now we are in the Final and we want to win.”

Mourinho is the first coach to reach a UEFA final with four different clubs and could well become the only manager to win the Champions League, Europa League and the Europa Conference League. Roma will contest the event with Dutch team Feyenoord on Wednesday 25th May in the Albanian capital Tirana.

Paciência, Jota headed to showpiece occasions

There will be Portuguese representatives in all three major European finals, with others missing out at the final hurdle. Liverpool had Diogo Jota in their starting line-up as they overcame a scare to beat Villarreal 3-2 in Spain for a 5-3 aggregate win. The Reds were 2-0 down at half time in the second leg at El Madrigal, but Jota was replaced at half time by recent arrival from Porto Luis Díaz, who scored to instigate the fightback.

Many predicted an all-English final between Liverpool and Manchester City, but Real Madrid staged a stunning comeback to deny City in the Spanish capital. City led 4-3 from their home leg and looked destined to go through when Riyad Mahrez put them 1-0 up at the Bernabeu on 73 minutes. However, substitute Rodrygo struck twice in stoppage time and Rúben Dias’ poorly-timed challenge on Karim Benzema allowed the Frenchman to score the decisive third in extra time to send City out. Dias was joined in Pep Guardiola’s team by João Cancelo and Bernardo Silva, who was voted Man of the Match in the first leg and was again impressive, leaving him unfortunate to miss the chance to get his hands on the trophy.

The Europa League also saw joy and despair for Portuguese as Germany faced off against Britain in the semi-finals. Eintracht Frankfurt saw off West Ham 1-0 at home for a 3-1 aggregate victory, with Gonçalo Paciência getting around ten minutes as a substitute. Eintracht will not meet German opposition as anticipated, however, because André Silva’s RB Leipzig suffered a 3-1 loss at Rangers which overturned their 1-0 lead from the first leg. Silva was a substitute and only emerged in the closing stages.

European finals:

Champions League: Liverpool [Diogo Jota] vs Real Madrid

Saturday 28th May, Saint-Denis, France.

 

Europa League: Eintracht Frankfurt [Goncalo Paciência] vs Rangers

Wednesday 18th May, Seville, Spain.

 

Conference League: Roma [José Mourinho, Sérgio Oliveira, Rui Patrício] vs Feyenoord

Wednesday 25th May, Tirana, Albania

 By Sean Gillen
@SeanGillen16

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Great article, I only have one issue; should not just be Portugal's greatest manager of all time, but arguably one of the greatest ever, regardless of nationality.

Pep Fraudiola gets so much credit for being a chronic $2 billion failure. People...

Great article, I only have one issue; should not just be Portugal's greatest manager of all time, but arguably one of the greatest ever, regardless of nationality.

Pep Fraudiola gets so much credit for being a chronic $2 billion failure. People are so eager to defend him or give him plauidits, yet he rides his player's coattails and has been a bottle merchant.

Mourinho, on the other hand, does not go to billionaire oil clubs or ride Messi coattails, the man is a legend, straight-shooter and entertaining as hell.

I hope he can take Roma to the Scudetto next season.

Cheers.

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Chris
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Come on man mourinho style of play is horrible and boring, pep is fresh and adventures ?...

I hope jose never Gets the national team boss...

id like to see sergio ruben or the wolves manager

Tomas Sheehan
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Typical regurgitation of media pundits who know nothing. Thanks for proving my point.

Please tell me what fresh Pep has accomplished for his $2 billion, 53 players and counting purchases at Man City.

He has managed to equal the...

Typical regurgitation of media pundits who know nothing. Thanks for proving my point.

Please tell me what fresh Pep has accomplished for his $2 billion, 53 players and counting purchases at Man City.

He has managed to equal the accomplishments of Mancini and Pellegrini but at 100 times their budget. He is a failure, pure and simple and a hype job.

Jose at Man U won a European Cup, and got United to 2nd with a shambles of a team. Maybe you don't like how that United team played, but they were successful.

As for boring, you probably haven't seen his current Roma squad, because they are far from boring. His Madrid were the best counter attacking team ever, scoring 320+ goals in his 3 years in charge. And his Inter team was also a great team to watch. Porto under him were fearless and possession based.

So, keep on repeating the nonsense of ESPN or whatever clown pundits you watch, and keep doubting Mourinho, who is about to go into his 5th European final. By the way, his record in European finals? 100%

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Chris
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There could still be a scenario where Mo coaches the national team in November (although unlikely at this point) I'd love to see it. He hasn't had the players at Man United or Tottenham. It's obviously true that this version of Mourinho is not as...

There could still be a scenario where Mo coaches the national team in November (although unlikely at this point) I'd love to see it. He hasn't had the players at Man United or Tottenham. It's obviously true that this version of Mourinho is not as good or hungry as the young Mourinho, but he's still one of the best coaches in the world and a resurgence/return to greatness is still possible.

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Gee Dee
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@Tomas

I completely agree with what you’re saying. Why in the world would anyone be asking for Mourinho to coach this team when literally almost everyone universally agrees that Santos is out of his depth with the wealth of talent he has...

@Tomas

I completely agree with what you’re saying. Why in the world would anyone be asking for Mourinho to coach this team when literally almost everyone universally agrees that Santos is out of his depth with the wealth of talent he has particularly on the offensive end? Why would we want Mourinho to park the bus and counter when that’s exactly what we do now and we hate it, like am I losing my mind here or what…Mourinho is exactly the type of replacement we don’t want. I’m not taking away his accomplishments because obviously he’s one of the greatest coaches of all time but just because he’s labeled that doesn’t mean he can just slide in anywhere and get the best out of any team. Another thing too is we have a lot of younger “stars” with soft egos and Mourinho will destroy them. Anyone remember Ricardo Quaresma leaving Porto as one of the hottest young players going to Inter Milan under Mourinho…Quaresma was basically asked to me a defensive midfielder and he ruined his career and probably motivation in the years to come. Imagine Mourinho telling Joao Felix to go back and help Nuno Mendes haha yeah ok, we hate Joao Felix at Madrid because of Simeones tactics which are similar to Mourinho. Imagine Rafael Leao being asked to do the same thing…no thanks. Give me a dynamic younger coach all day more like Pep and Klopp all day.

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Justin/rochester
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Justin, His 2012 Real Madrid team still holds La Liga record for most goals in a season. Were his Chelsea teams overly defensive early on ? How about Inter ? Those teams were more known for playing fundamentally sound(German style) football...

Justin, His 2012 Real Madrid team still holds La Liga record for most goals in a season. Were his Chelsea teams overly defensive early on ? How about Inter ? Those teams were more known for playing fundamentally sound(German style) football rather than parking the bus. He's often said that his style of play is dictated by the quality of player that he has. Is he the best coach in the world right now ? Probably not. Maybe not even top 10. Is he an offensive guru or genius at this point? Probably not. But I think to say that he's a park the bus kind of guy like Santos was most of his national team career is a bit harsh in my opinion.

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Gee Dee
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Gee see, you can't waste time on these armchair managers. Justin and Thomas are graduates of the UEFA Pro-Couch Potato Academy, they know all the classic tactical adaptations, including:

1. Flipping the footrest out on the lazy-boy when their...

Gee see, you can't waste time on these armchair managers. Justin and Thomas are graduates of the UEFA Pro-Couch Potato Academy, they know all the classic tactical adaptations, including:

1. Flipping the footrest out on the lazy-boy when their team concedes a goal
2. Throwing their arms up in the air and cursing when a ref gives their player a yellow card
3. Throwing a beer at the television when managers make substitutions they disagree with
4. Yelling at the wife for another beer when they get parched.

These two gents clearly have far more accomplishments on their management CV then Mourinho, a guy with 4 European trophies at 3 different teams. Or with 8 domestic league trophies. Or countless trophies.

No, we don't want that. According to Justin, Pep Fraudiola, a guy with $2 billion in player acquisitions who can't even make the UCL final is the guy to praise.

And who even cares about Mourinho managing the national team? We are talking about his resume, not 'if he's the right fit for Portugal". You guys created your own argument that doesn't even make sense. Cheers.

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