Mourinho details Roma project ahead of Conference League final

Andy Mattioli

Roma coach José Mourinho spoke to BT Sport hours away from kick-off to the Conference League final.

“For me, to work is to relax. You know me and you know that without football, without players, without games I’m not myself. I need it.”

“The club spoke with me very clearly. Obviously it is a different project from the ones I was used to: I usually arrive to win, here the goal was to arrive and build with time.”

“The word ‘time’ for me is something practically new, because it has never been given to me. I had to come and win, if I didn’t win I was out, even if I won two consecutive titles and in the third year I didn’t, I had to leave.”

“The concept of ‘time’ is something that struck me. Obviously there are moments with a bit of frustration because you don’t want to play for fifth or sixth place, but I want to believe that the 3-year contract serves exactly that.”

“I hope that next year we will be in a position to do better. This European competition is new. We can’t dismiss it, it’s the third European competition. But it’s not the third in terms of quality, I don’t see any differences with the Europa League, especially in the knockout phase.”

“This is our Champions League. This is our level, we can’t win the Champions League, we won’t even play it next year. But after 14 games in the Conference, being here for the last one requires us to try and win it.”

“It’s different now. The mistakes of the players, their evolution, the younger players, the expectations … It’s difficult for me to accept mistakes, but here I’m learning to change my profile and honestly I like it.”

“It’s a different way of working, of empathising even with the fans. I think I did a good job in this regard, explaining our direction to them week after week.”

“At the moment the fans are already talking about the market. Calm down! We’re not Juve, Milan… We won’t spend crazy amounts. You also have to work to make people understand where the club aims to get to, and that’s nice.”

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