The first-ever UEFA Europa Conference League final will feature Roma and Feyenoord. Meet the teams chasing the top prize in Tirana.
Can Roma win the Europa Conference League?
José Mourinho has never lost a European final, and Roma are solid overall and quick up front: essential ingredients when it comes to one-off matches.
UEFA Roma Ranking: 11
History of UEFA in Rome
How they qualified: Group C winners (W4 D1 L1 F18 A11), 2-1agg Vitesse (R16), 5-2agg Bodø/Glimt (QF), 2-1agg Leicester (SF)
last season: UEFA Europa League semi-finals (L 8-5 agg vs Man. United)
Best in UEFA Cup/Europa League: finalist (1990/91)
Campaign so far
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-final first leg and making the most of a passionate and jam-packed Stadio Olimpico to see Leicester in the semi-finals.
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 goal is to get Nicolò Zaniolo 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 magnificently since leaving Chelsea. The big striker is very mobile, bonds well with his midfield teammates and takes chances when they arise. So far, nine goals in this competition tell their 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, Mourinho is aiming to become 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 are the only team to have reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League.
Can Feyenoord win the Europa Conference League?
Feyenoord were underdogs in the semi-final against Marseille after a relatively smooth run in the earlier rounds, but were adventurous in winning the first leg and shrewd in drawing the second. They can play attacking football, defend resolutely and above all, they are not easily scared.
Feyenoord UEFA ranking: 42
Feyenoord History of UEFA
How they qualified: Group E winners (W4 D2 L0 F11 A6), 8-3agg Partizan (R16), 6-4agg Slavia Praha (QF), 3-2agg Marseille (SF)
last season: UEFA Europa League group stage (third section)
Best in UEFA Cup/Europa League: winners (1973/74, 2001/02)
Campaign so far
Feyenoord are unbeaten in the tournament proper, with eight wins and four draws. After winning Group E six points clear of Slavia Praha and Union Berlin, they netted eight goals against Partizan in the round of 16 before scoring six more against Slavia Praha (again) in quarter-final, and three more modest ones against OM.
How does Feyenoord play?
They play a nominal 4-2-3-1 formation, with Cyriel Dessers the only designated striker, but in reality Luis Sinisterra spends most of his time just as high up the pitch. Full-backs Lutsharel Geertruida and Tyrell Malacia are still keen to overlap. While the normal modus operandi is based on possession, the long ball over the defense was used to devastating effect in the semi-final first leg against Marseille.
Who is Feyenoord’s key player?
Cyriel Desser. The striker has found the net ten times in the Europa Conference League, making him the competition’s top scorer. Quick to pick up and fast too, Dessers has shown he can deliver when it really matters.
Who is the manager of Feyenoord?
Arne’s Slot. In his first season at the helm of Rotterdam after a spell at AZ Alkmaar, Slot transformed Feyenoord into an attacking-minded team that eagerly chases the ball and then uses it to good effect. He far exceeded expectations by taking the club to the final.
Did you know?
Feyenoord won the European Cup in 1970 and the UEFA Cup in 1974 and 2002. Win the UEFA Europa Conference League and they will be the first and only team to get their hands on the current three major trophies for men’s clubs in UEFA.
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