After leading Roma to Europa Conference League glory against Feyenoord, Jose Mourinho became the first manager to win European trophies with four different clubs.
Jose Mourinho becomes the first manager to win the Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference League. 26th major trophy. 5 wins from 5 major European finals.
In 2017, the Portuguese coach won the Champions League and the Europa League with Porto and Inter Milan, as well as the Europa League with Manchester United. Nicolo Zaniolo’s first-half goal cemented his manager’s place in history as the first player to reach four European finals with four different clubs.
But it wasn’t easy, with Feyenoord giving it their all, especially in the second half. Despite the pressure from their opponents, Mourinho’s side held on in the end.
The Serie A side tried everything they could to threaten on the break, but Feyenoord pressed for an equalizer as well. They might have won it if Smalling had remained a rock at the back, or if the Dutch side hadn’t blown some big chances.
From the outside, the Europa Conference League may not appear to be as important as Saturday’s Champions League final, but it clearly meant a lot to those involved. The reactions when the final whistle blew, crowning Roma champions, said it all.
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