One way to describe Jose Mourinho especially when it comes to the final of a tournament against him is, “The fear of Mourinho is the beginning of wisdom.” Since he came to limelight in Porto FC of Portugal, his hometown, Mourinho has not looked back especially when it comes to winning trophies for clubs.
He is popular because of his exploits in Europe where he has won virtually all trophies paraded by UEFA with his last one against Feyenoord of Netherlands. He is undoubtedly the only coach who can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Carlo Ancellotti in Europe as the only few coaches who have won European league trophies for different club sides.
“The great thing about my career is that, aside from the Europa League with Manchester United, doing it with Porto, Inter and Roma is very, very, very special,” Mourinho said.
“It is one thing to win when everyone expects it, when you made the investments to win, but it’s quite another to win when something feels immortal, that feels truly special.
“This remains in the history of Roma, but also mine. I was told only I, Sir Alex (Ferguson) and Giovanni Trapattoni won trophies in three different decades. It makes me feel a little old, but it’s nice for my career.”
Recalled that Mourinho became the first manager to win all three major European competitions after making it five wins in five European finals. He won two Champions League cups with Porto in 2004 and Inter Milan in 2010.
He also won the UEFA Cup with Porto FC and Manchester United of England before winning the inaugural Europa Conference League with AS Roma of Italy last Wednesday.
For Mourinho, “Football is about winning and Mourinho wins.” Mourinho is being criticized by some pundits for playing dirty football to win laurels but today, many clubs are adopting the same patterns to win trophies especially in the final.
The trophy for Roma was Mourinho’s 26th trophy of his managerial career which has spanned for 19 years after he masterminded Porto’s Uefa Cup win in 2003.
When he was announced as Roma boss last May, many raised eye-brows and doubted his competence but those who have been following the Special One as he was been called in England, know him as a Serial Winner. They know that he was going to win trophies for Roma no matter how small but not many believed that it was going to be too soon let alone in his first season.
Mourinho is known to win trophies especially European trophy in his second season but surprisingly he won an European trophy for Roma in his first season. The Portuguese actually surprised many because of his inability to get his kinds of players that will deliver for him but instead achieved his target with the available average players.
However, he was unable to win trophy for Tottenham Hotspurs because he was sent packing before the final of the EFL Cup which they lost in the final to Manchester City by 0-1.
Recalled that he was saddled with the responsibility of building a team which finished seventh on the log table in Serie A in 2020-21.
Meanwhile, Chris Smalling was part of Mourinho’s team when he won his last trophy with Manchester United in 2017, and the 32-year-old defender produced a man-of-the-match performance to help secure Roma its first trophy since 2008.
Smalling was quoted as saying, “Even when I first came to Roma three years ago, it was a long time since they had won a trophy. So we knew how much it was going to mean for everyone at Roma to win something.”
Tammy Abraham who joined Roma from Chelsea for £34m last August and finished his first season with 27 goals also said, “He (Mourinho) is the best.”
Additional information from BBC Sport
|Mourinho’s clean sweep of European trophies|
|Inter Milan||2009-10||Champions League|
|Manchester United||2016-17||Europa League|
|Roma||2021-22||Europa Conference League|