'I cannot say': Jose Mourinho makes pointed comment about Tottenham after Roma reach European final
Jose Mourinho cried with joy after Roma made the UEFA Conference League final by beating Leicester 2-1 on aggregate.
The Foxes were denied a spot in their first ever European final by Tammy Abraham’s winner in the second leg in Rome.
Speaking at his press conference after the game, Mourinho could not resist a comment about his former employers Tottenham.
Mourinho pointed out that he has now reached a final with every club he has managed but referenced that he was sacked before the EFL Cup final last season.
Mourinho cried after Roma made Conference League final
“I shed a tear because my emotion was for everyone that loves this club,” he said.
“This is a giant club without the trophy room in relation to the social dimension of the club. This is not a trophy, it is only a final. It means a lot to them.
“Because I live and work in this city for about 11 months, I know what it means for them. My emotion was for them.
“Let’s see if we can win the final. It would be good. I think I can also say that every club I coached, I reached a final. I cannot say I played a final with all of them but I reached a final with all of them.”
Mourinho does have a single-minded desire to win trophies and he could collect one with Roma this season. He is just 90 minutes away.
The issue from a Spurs perspective is that the campaign he oversaw before his mid-season sacking ended up with a league position which ensured that they finished in the UEFA Conference League spots themselves.
That is not ideal when the goal is Champions League qualification and Spurs are now in the chase for that top four after moving on from Mourinho.
They have an elite manager in Antonio Conte, who is trying to get the squad ready to challenge on all fronts next season.
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