An emotional José Mourinho claimed that Roma reaching the Europa Conference League final was like their Champions League.
Tammy Abraham scored in the first half on Thursday night to give Roma a 1-0 win over Leicester City and a 2-1 win on aggregate. The Italian team will face Feyenoord in the inaugural Conference League final on May 25, which will take place in Tirana, Albania.
Mourinho suggested he was in tears after the game because of what it meant for the club, rather than himself.
He said: “It’s a giant club without the trophy room compared to the social dimension of the club. So it’s not a trophy, it’s just the final but it means a lot to them.
“Of course I’ve had bigger moments than this, but I don’t feel for myself, I feel for people and my players. For us, this is our Champions League.
The Portuguese coach took over Roma last year. He has now reached five European finals with four different clubs and has the chance to become the first manager to win all three current UEFA European titles.
He continued: “I shed a tear because my emotion was for everyone who loves this club.
“I’ve had the chance to play in more prestigious finals than this one. But when it comes to how we’ve created a family atmosphere here, I feel special.
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