Jose Mourinho recently spoke about his return to Italy, winning the Conference League with Roma in an interview with Esquire Italia as Hublot Ambassador.
“Ten years ago, after I left (but not because I left), Serie A had a difficult time. The quality of the league dropped and as a result the league had little appeal abroad,” said the Special One when asked about the differences between the Serie A he knew when managing Inter and the present with Roma.
“Now, on the other hand, I have found an exciting, competitive league, where the players also come from the England to play and be competitive. Compared to 2009-10 there is still a difference with the top teams, but today the rest of the clubs are better.”
“There are coaches with many ideas, who play offensive and ambitious football. Then there are teams, such as Roma, which are also growing in a broader sense, as a club, bringing more and more fans to the stadium, with great possibilities to evolve for the better.”
On the Conference league victory with Roma, he noted, “It was truly unforgettable. When we won the Champions League with Inter I didn’t return to Milan because I wanted to go to Real Madrid and I had the feeling that if I came back I would never leave.”
“This time it was different, I wanted to stay in Rome and continue with this club. In moments like those you realize that you don’t win for yourself, that it’s not a personal joy. People are everything, they give you the dimension of what you’ve done, and you feel part of a very special family.”