JOSE MOURINHO shed tears after leading Roma to their first European final for 31 years and confessed: “This club has made me feel special again.”
The Portuguese legend created history by becoming the first boss to make it to five major European finals with four different clubs.
And after Tammy Abraham‘s header in the win over Leicester booked Roma‘s place in the Europa Conference League Final in Tirana, an emotional Mourinho confessed: “I shed a tear at the end, yes, because I feel what they all feel.
“My emotion was for everyone who loves this club. The fans, the players, the owners.
“This team spirit, we started building it in our summer camp in Portugal on the first day, and it’s built up since then, day after day – this game is icing on cake.
“This victory belongs to everyone – it’s a family win. Everyone played their part.
“I’ve had the honour of playing in more prestigious finals but the feeling of joy with everyone involved made me feel special really.
“This is a giant club without a trophy room to match the social importance of the club.
“I’m so happy for every single one of them. I will remember forever the people on the street, the ladies on the balconies, the kids lining the street. This to me means so much to me.
“Rome is a yellow and red city. In one year I feel it and tomorrow you will notice this on the streets, Rome is yellow and red.
“I made a little contribution to this and it makes me happy. My emotion was for everyone who loves this great club.”
Brendan Rodgers admitted his side suffered again because of their achilles heel as they conceded from yet another set-piece.
He admitted his men were simply muscled out of their first Euro final – and even resorted to leaving three of his smallest players up to keep some of Roma’s giants away from his penalty area.
He said: “The players have given everything but our Achilles heel was set pieces all season and it proved so again, which was disappointing.
“It’s been a good journey in Europe and we’re a young team. The players will learn from it, there was a great atmosphere tonight and that will stay with them and inspire them.
“It’s clearly a lack of physicality, we’re a team who have done everything to try and change the momentum of the set pieces – we’ve gone man to man and we’ve gone zonal but it clearly doesn’t work.
“Clearly we’ve given away too many cheap goals and ultimately it’s cost us.”