At age 60 and making ready to teach in his sixth European closing, silver-haired Roma supervisor Jose Mourinho may choose to name himself “the Sage One” now.
20 years after guiding Porto to the UEFA Cup for his first continental trophy, Mourinho considers himself a “better coach” and a “better person.”
Mourinho, who famously referred to himself as a “Special One” when he was launched as Chelsea supervisor in 2004, was requested Thursday what has modified for him since he emerged on the European stage.
“Our job is not like a player’s job. You can be better and better with your experiences,” Mourinho mentioned at Roma’s media day for the Europa League closing. “As a participant you want your physique and your physique in fact doesn’t reply the identical manner if you find yourself 30 or you’re 40.
“As a coach I feel your mind turns into sharper and the buildup of data is best with the years. I feel you cease while you lose motivation, which isn’t the case — my motivation goes up every single day. I’ve no issues with that. So I feel I’m higher now.”
Roma faces Europa League specialist Sevilla subsequent Wednesday in Budapest, Hungary, as Mourinho seems to carry a second European trophy to the Italian capital after successful the Europa Conference League in his first season with the Giallorossi.
In all, Mourinho is 5-for-5 in European finals. He additionally received the Champions League with Porto and Inter Milan and the Europa League at Manchester United.
“It’s too bad we can’t play a final every week,” Mourinho mentioned.
With hypothesis swirling over whether or not Mourinho will return to honor the third and closing season of his contract at Roma, the Portuguese coach was additionally requested about what he takes away emotionally from every of his golf equipment when he leaves.
Mourinho responded by mentioning his earlier job, when dressing-room apathy and rising disillusionment at his defensive techniques price him his place at Tottenham after 17 months on the London membership — six days earlier than the English League Cup closing.
“I hope the Tottenham fans don’t get me wrong but the only club in my career where I don’t have still a deep feeling is Tottenham,” Mourinho mentioned. “Most likely as a result of the stadium was empty (because of the pandemic), most likely as a result of (membership chairman Daniel) Levy didn’t let me win a closing and win a trophy. However it’s the just one. Porto, Chelsea, Inter, Actual Madrid, Manchester United — all of the golf equipment I really feel a connection.
“I go in the streets so many times in Italy and I find Inter fans. I go in London – not just the Chelsea fans but also the Man United fans. Real Madrid all over the world,” Mourinho mentioned. “It’s about the feeling that give you everything. … People think, ‘You cannot love every club.’ Yes, I love every club. I love every club because I felt the other way around — they also loved me. So with Roma, one day it will be hard but we will be connected forever like I am with all my previous clubs — apart (from) Mr. Levy’s club.”
Roma striker Tammy Abraham — a Mourinho favourite — additionally received’t commit as to whether he’ll keep. After scoring 27 objectives throughout all competitions in his first season at Roma, this marketing campaign has been a wrestle with solely 9 scores.
However Abraham hasn’t misplaced his love for Mourinho.
“I always call him my uncle of Rome,” Abraham mentioned. “He knows how to drive me. He knows how to get under my skin. Even if I’m playing the best football of my career, he would tell me I still need to do more. As players you need someone who knows how to drive you at your best and at your worst.”
Sixth in Serie A with two matches to play, together with a go to to Convention League finalist Fiorentina on Sunday, Roma may must win the Europa League to ensure a spot in subsequent season’s Champions League.
With gifted however usually injured ahead Paulo Dybala doubtless obtainable for less than 15-20 minutes of the ultimate, Abraham can be counted on for objectives.
However whether or not he scores or not, Abraham’s expertise at Roma will certainly find yourself being a constructive one.
“After my career to look back at my life and to say I spent some of my life living in Rome, you will cherish it even more,” Abraham mentioned. “I came here to learn a different part of my game, to spread my wings, to learn a different way of living. And I have no regrets. I love being here and it’s given me the experience — if say I do go back to England in the future — I can bring that experience and take it back with me.”