Roma legend and former club captain Francesco Totti previewed Wednesday night’s Europa League final in Budapest.
Totti – who retired with the Giallorossi six years ago in May 2017 – spoke about the importance of Jose Mourinho on Roma’s touchline as well as the capital club’s reinforced attitude on the European stage since Mourinho’s appointment.
“It’s been a wonderful emotion to see Roma in the final, as a Roma fan it is one of the most beautiful things one could wish for,” Totti said in an interview with UEFA.
“Reaching two consecutive finals is an indescribable feeling, it’s the first time in so many years. Let’s hope everything goes in the right direction, it will be a tough game and anything can happen.”
“Sevilla have more experience in these finals, they played 6 and won them all. Soon or later, maybe with a little bad luck, they will lose.”
“With Mourinho we have this fantastic opportunity, he is a coach with a lot of experience on this stage, so he will face it in the best possible way.”
“With this type of coach it is easier to win. Mou has a strong personality and is used to winning. Over the last two years he conveyed this winning mentality to the team. I’ve talked to him quite a few times and I’ve dealt with him in the past, I would have liked to have him as a head coach. Unfortunately, he had other job opportunities,” Totti added.
“Bove? He is a good kid with a good family. He always tries to do the best for the team and behaves properly. He is demonstrating his skills and knows that the team needs him too.”
“Mourinho knows that he can rely on him in big games like the one against Bayer Leverkusen, where among other things he scored the decisive goal for the qualification.”