The first-ever UEFA Europa Conference League final brought together Roma and Feyenoord, with the Italian side making history with a 1-0 win.
José Mourinho has never lost a European final and has won again with his Roma formation solid overall and quick up front: essential ingredients for one-off matches.
UEFA.com meets the team that won the top prize in Tirana.
UEFA Roma Ranking: 11
Roma campaign in the 2021/22 UEFA Europa Conference League
Road to the trophy: Group C winners (W4 D1 L1 F18 A11), 2-1agg Vitesse (R16), 5-2agg Bodø/Glimt (QF), 2-1 agg Leicester (SF), 1-0 Feyenoord (F)
last season: UEFA Europa League semi-finals (L 8-5 agg vs Man. United)
Best in UEFA Cup/Europa League: Winners (2021/22)
After some ups (four wins) and lows in the group stage (including a 6-1 loss at Bodø/Glimt), Roma found consistency in the knockout stage, reacting well to the defeat at Bodø/Glimt in the quarter-finals to go and making the most of a passionate and jam-packed Stadio Olimpico to see Leicester in the semi-finals. Their resilience came to the fore in the showpiece as they held off a determined Feyenoord in the second half to make history by picking up the club’s first European silverware.
How do Roma play?
Mourinho has three at the back, two attacking wingers, strong midfielders and two dynamic players behind lone striker Tammy Abraham. Roma like to attack quickly, advancing the ball with as few touches as possible. The aim is to get Nicolò Zaniolo – the winner of the last game in Tirana – and Lorenzo Pellegrini into space and Abraham one-on-one with the goalkeeper.
Who is Roma’s key player?
Tammy Abraham. Replacing Edin Džeko was no easy task, but Abraham has done it magnificently since joining Chelsea. The big striker is very mobile, bonds well with his midfield teammates and takes chances when they arise. Nine goals in this competition tells its own story.
Who is Roma’s coach?
Jose Mourinho. With two UEFA Champions League and two UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup victories to his name, Roma’s final victory made Mourinho the first manager to win all three UEFA men’s club competitions. He is both a serial winner and an expert in handling pressure at the highest level.
Did you know?
Roma became the only team to reach the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League this season. Now they have won their first ever European trophy.
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