Jose Mourinho ahead of Europa League final: “Roma is a state of mind.”

Andy Mattioli

Roma boss Jose Mourinho shared some thoughts ahead of the Europa League final with regards to his extensive record in European finals.

In an interview with Sky Sport, Mourinho said, “In these situations I don’t think too much about what I won in my career.”

“The past remains and history cannot be removed. But, I always look toward the future. That is my philosophy,” Mourinho added.

“I’ve been in football for a long time, this final is a new final for me.”

“Now I no longer think about what I could win, but about the happiness I can give to Roma fans. It’s a city that lives and breathes football. Roma is a state of mind, it stands for belonging, being part of something.”

“I keep giving my all. I’m not ready to retire, not at all. I’ve been in football for so many years, people think I’m old. Maybe they see my white hair and think I’m old because of it, but I’m not old enough to think about calling it quits. You will see me again for many years.”

“It is often forgotten that the most important thing, in football and beyond, is human relationships. I can also speak for my players: we give everything on and off the pitch. And I think it is for this attitude that Roma fans respect us so much and share great empathy with us.”

“We work hard every day to build the history of Roma, and two consecutive European finals is something only big clubs with a great history can usually brag about. And even for them it’s not easy. For us to have succeeded to this extent is very important.”

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