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Emotional: Mourinho broke down in tears after qualifying Roma to the Conference League final

You can argue about the style of play that he imposes on the teams he manages, but there is no denying that José Mourinho is a successful coach. To his list of achievements, the Portuguese added this Thursday taking AS Roma to the 2021-22 Conference League final.

‘Mou’, sometimes controversial in his statements, guided the Italian side to the last instance of European competition, after eliminating Leicester City. In this way, the ‘Giallorossi’ earned the right to fight for the title with Feyenoord, who left Marseille on the way.

The last seconds of the match played at the Olympic Stadium in Rome, where the locals won 1-0 in the second leg of the tournament’s semifinals, were very nervous for Mourinho. In fact, the DT could not avoid tears before the referee blows his whistle to end the contest.

Mourinho makes history

Mourinho reached what will be his eighth European final on Thursday, after beating English Leicester in the Conference League semifinals (1-0, 2-1 on aggregate) thanks to a solitary goal from Englishman Tammy Abraham.

Tirana, the capital of Albania, will host the Conference League final, which will be the Portuguese coach’s eighth European final after two Champions League finals, with Porto and Inter Milan; two from the Europa League, with Porto and Manchester United; and three European Super Cups, all lost.

The man from Setubal holds the record for being the coach with the most semifinals in history and the first to reach Champions League, Europa League and Conference League finals. He can also become the first coach in history to lift this trophy.

After Atalanta’s elimination against Leipzig in the Europa League, Roma is the only Italian team with a chance of lifting a European title, something that has not happened since 2010, when Inter won the Champions League in the year of its historic treble, precisely with Mourinho sitting on the bench.

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