Roma boss Jose Mourinho has had a successful career winning a number of prestigious trophies. On Wednesday, he delivered the first European trophy to Roma in their history. The win reduced the Portuguese manager to tears. The Europa Conference League has been criticized by some quarters but he believes that it is as important as his Champions League wins with Porto in 2004 and Inter Milan in 2010.
“Football is about winning and Mourinho wins,” Owen Hargreaves said. “He’s a serial winner and he has brought this Roma team to life.”
“Mourinho said it wasn’t part of the plan [to win the trophy]. The plan was to build this team, it was the start of the project,” Joe Cole said. “Roma has gone through a few managers, lost a direction and an identity. Jose’s loved in the city but there is a way to go,” he added. These scenes now, especially for the lads who’ve come through the ranks at Roma – you cannot go to that city and not feel the club. Football is a religion there and they will feel like heroes and be remembered, but this is the start of the journey. Jose will be back in the office, planning whether they can have a go at the Europa League and get closer to titles.”
“The great thing about my career is that, aside from the Europa League with Manchester United, doing it with Porto, Inter and Roma are very, very, very special,” Roma boss Jose Mourinho said. “It is one thing to win when everyone expects it when you made the investments to win, but it’s quite another to win when something feels immortal, that feels truly special. This remains in the history of Roma, but also mine. I was told only I, Sir Alex [Ferguson], and Giovanni Trapattoni won trophies in three different decades. It makes me feel a little old, but it’s nice for my career.”