“The Special One is old stuff. I can do whatever the coach has to do to win. I don’t believe in magic potions. It’s time for the team, for the players.”
In home Rome everything is ready for the last act of the Conference League at the Kombetare Arena against the Feyenoord. And José Mourinho has clear ideas about the importance of the match. “We have reached the end of this season’s journey with two finals to play in four days – explained the Giallorossi coach -. Friday’s in Turin was a final but not for history: tomorrow’s is already history, because we have come this far. Now let’s finish writing history, in a final you have to do everything to win“. Then optimism on the recovery of Mkhitaryan: “It feels good and is a how Spinazzola“.
THE CONFERENCE OF MOU
A long journey
“We have reached the end of this season’s journey with two finals to play in four days. The first gave us what we deserved and what a goal: the ranking and qualify for the next Europa League. There was a job to finish without making history. The second is a historic final. After many years, Roma are back to play a European final. To write history, however, you have to win tomorrow “
Euphoria to contain, the team and Mkhitaryan
“We managed to do it before Turin and we did. It was useless to have an extra tension thinking about the Conference already. We reached the first goal, now we only think about this final. My staff and I have been since Friday evening. in Trigoria and we never went out. The team is fine, focused and attentive and happy to play such an important game. Mkhitaryan trained with the team for the first time in a short session, but it was important to understand his sensations. He is an experienced player and knows how to interpret his feelings. At the end of training he told me that he is ready and that he can play. “
The Tirana audience
“There is a sympathy for Roma, if they win there is an Albanian, Kumbulla, who raises the Cup. The stadium is very beautiful, it is a pity that it cannot contain the joy of all the fans”
Can Mou step into the game?
“The European finals are usually the last games of the season. At this point the work is done and there is nothing more to be done. Leadership is not something you can put on the table or produce for a day or two. Tomorrow is the day of the players. The coaches are on the bench, trying to help and to read the game. I don’t believe in magic. There is nothing special to do, but a game to be played as a team trying to go beyond own limits “
Worried or thoughtful?
“It’s a final. Until tomorrow there’s nothing else in my head. It’s my way of being and living situations. Experience doesn’t help me, even though I thought it could. Twenty years after the first one. final nothing has changed for me. Maybe I seem more serious because I’m more focused “
“I do not believe in superstition. The full Olimpico? The support of the fans can only do well. If Roma lost to people at the Olimpico in front of a screen, it is not their fault for sure. They asked me what shirt we are playing in tomorrow. and I replied that it doesn’t matter. I’m not superstitious “
With a victory the coach who has won all the European trophies
“If … I’m not superstitious. It’s the truth. I don’t like talking about ifs ….”
Kumbulla’s ankle kick
“Marash hurt my ankle even though I was joking about it. He is the last one who had to do it because he is the heaviest of all. I thought I was going to the game with slippers because my foot did not fit in the shoe but I wore one more great. Marash is a boy and a footballer and has learned a lot. Next year he will be with us 100% because he can become better at it “
“Ajax won the European Cup, my friend van Hooijdonk’s Feyenoord won the UEFA Cup, PSV won. Dutch football won.”
“For me it is a positive season, however it goes tomorrow”
“Zalewski played last year in the Primavera, now he plays in the First Team. These are important months for his career. His position, to be honest, can be varied. People have different opinions about him, he has a good mentality and it’s important to us “
“Spinazzola is available for tomorrow. Obviously ten months away is a long time, but he worked hard to get back. He needed the sensations of the pitch and the minutes. In Turin he played 75 minutes and the sensations were positive.”
THE DECLARATIONS OF PILGRIMS
What has more of Rome
“It will be a final, therefore a decisive match. I do not hear that Roma or Feyenoord have anything more. We will do our best to win, we will play it with determination trying to crown the growth path of the whole year with this victory. “
Message to comrades
“I would like to thank my teammates. Regardless of how tomorrow will go, I would like to thank them because it has been a wonderful year in which everyone has always made themselves available for each other, suffering and rejoicing all together. what a real team does “
Message to the fans
“The fans have been incredible. They have always supported us even in difficult moments. We can reassure them by saying that we will go out on the pitch with everything we have to win the game.”
How’s the team doing?
“The words the coach said are true. If we had finished fifth before having played differently in the last matches. We have complicated our lives, but now there is the final and we can play 300 minutes to try to win. you will not feel tired, after Friday we recovered five days and we are fine “
14 years ago the last trophy of Rome
“14 years ago I was with my family cheering on Roma. Obviously I would never have thought of playing this game which is so important for us, for the fans and for the club. This year we have made an excellent path that has given us led to grow more and more but in the end who would not like to take something home that will remain forever? So I say that this match must be faced with joy and serenity and this does not mean that we will not be concentrated “
Roman and Romanist
“They are beautiful responsibilities to take. If you want to get to a certain point in your career where you win something, it’s normal responsibility for. Obviously I’d be delighted to win this match tomorrow, but tying this thing only to me is wrong because the team doesn’t score a player. or a coach, but all the components. And when I say that we have improved, that we have become a real team, it is because we are a real team. And I say that if we win this final this group will immediately think about winning another “
The most important race of your career?
“Absolutely yes, it’s my first final and I do it with this shirt on”
THE CONFERENCE OF MANCINI
What to fear
“We studied Feyenoord and from midfield up they have quality, but like us, the two best teams of the tournament arrive in the final, I say that the chances are 50 and 50”
The style of play
“The finals are played on many aspects. The mental one for us defenders is more important, we need to understand what the opponents are but we must always remain lucid and tomorrow even more because in the final the small mistakes make the difference. I will not change my attitude, I will be aggressive and with more concentration “
Message to the fans
“The fans were unique, they showed us a lot. How can we only dare everything on the pitch to bring home something unique.”
When did you realize you could reach the final?
“From the beginning of the season, from the first two qualifying matches our goal was the final, at least. Of course, it is easy to say. beat to Bodo. We realized that you can lose to anyone and from that moment we have to face the games in another way. Now we miss the last thing. “
The most important race of your career?
“I played in an Italian Cup final but a European cup has a different flavor, it’s more important”
Come and stop the desserts
“I studied him, I saw him. He is a good striker but we have him stronger, that is Tammy and I hope that at the end of this match he will be the top scorer.”
THE WORDS OF MOU BEFORE THE CONFERENCE
“How do you manage the tension of the players? I can’t even manage my … “
Mistakes not to make
“You have to do what you do in every game. That’s why I always say that the next game is a final. Obviously there’s something special and a trophy at stake.”
Win to grow
“Winning helps build the winning mentality of a group. Even individually, players grow when they play important games”
“They have had a lot of time to prepare for the game and work. Maybe they will come up with something different. In their path they have been able to play in different ways with respect to their playing philosophy. We still know how we want to play.”
“He has the physical condition to help the team. I’m optimistic, yesterday he did some real tests, today the feeling is positive”