José Mourinho offers Roma the first Europa League conference

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La Louve won his first European trophy on Wednesday, the new Europa League Conference, by beating Feyenoord Rotterdam (1-0) in the final.

José Mourinho confirmed his gifts as a lucky charm for Italian football by offering AS Roma its first European trophy, the new Europa League Conference, by beating Feyenoord Rotterdam (1-0) on Wednesday 25 May with difficulty in the final (1-0) -0).

Roma relied on a fine run from Nicolo Zaniolo to unlock a locked game (32nd), then their goalkeeper Rui Patricio’s gloves and posts to then resist the Dutch. This short victory is worthy of a first international title for de Wolf, after losing two finals (1984 in C1, 1991 in C3), if we do not forget, in addition to the success in 1961 in the Fairground Cup, unofficial ancestor of the Europa League. .

“I told the players that they had done their job by qualifying for the Europa League (with a 6th place in the league, editor’s note). Today it wasn’t work, it was making history,” said Mourinho. “This title is in the history of Roma, but also in mine,” added the European final specialist, who won his fifth continental trophy, after his two Champions Leagues (2004 with FC Porto, 2010 with the ‘Inter Milan ) and its two Europa Leagues (2003 with FC Porto, 2017 with Manchester United).

If we count his success in the Coupe des Coupes (the defunct C2) as an assistant to FC Barcelona, ​​he even combines the four European cups.

A final in the form of a chess game

His win on Inter’s bench, in the C1, was also the last of an Italian club on the European stage. It will therefore have been necessary to wait twelve years and the Portuguese’s return to Italy to see a Serie A club lift a cup in Europe again. Enough to perpetuate the “Mourinho-mania” at the Stadio olimpico, where several tens of thousands of Romans gathered on Wednesday to follow this historic victory on the big screen, according to Sky Sport.

The spectators were about half as large in the Tirana stadium (21,000 seats), too small to contain the 100,000 fans from both sides who had descended on Albania. With the key to tensions, arrests and expelled tifosi. There was no overflow in the stadium, even though the beam of two inflatable bananas caused some observers to react. In 2015, during a previous match between the two clubs, the throwing of a giant plastic banana at the Italian ranks was interpreted on social networks as an act with racist connotations.

The final initially felt like a game of chess, with two tight blocks and full stakes. Henrikh Mkhitaryan, founded by Mourinho despite his lack of games (absent due to injury since late April), failed to keep up with the pace, victim of a right thigh relapse after 15 minutes.

Spinazzola to the rescue

The opening came from Gianluca Mancini, who found Nicolo Zaniolo in the area, who opened the goal with a chest control before scoring with the tip of his left foot (32nd). The rest was largely due to Rui Patricio’s gloves and poles.

Not very serene at first on an axial attack by Orkun Kökçü (41st), the Portuguese Roma goalkeeper unleashed two decisive parades on strikes by Guus Til (47th) and especially Tyrell Malacia (50th), saved on these actions also by his amounts!

The tone was set for a second half of another register, with the Dutch attacking and Roma yearning down, with comeback Leonardo Spinazzola coming to the rescue in the second half. Jordan Veretout (73rd), replaced striker Zaniolo, after which Lorenzo Pellegrini (85th) could have given Mourinho some air, but they too fell for a vigilant Dutch goalkeeper Justin Bijlow.

To raise his arms to the sky, the Portuguese had to wait a long extra time. But he holds onto this trophy well, which allows him to finish with a beautiful shout of joy. This season finished quite far from the Top 4 in Serie A, and even behind Lazio Rome, in 6th place. But a small Cup changes everything.

With AFP

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