How bad was Jose Mu's luck? Five missed chances, a rare own goal in 20 years, and the record of all victories in the final was broken
After losing to Sevilla in the Europa League final, the 60-year-old lost his first European final in his managerial career, bringing an abrupt end to his record of winning all five European finals.
In the history of the Europa League, only Unery has led Sevilla and Arsenal to the title, becoming the first manager to lead two different teams to the title. Jose Mourinho won the UEFA Cup in 2003 and the Europa League in 2017. If led to Roma, Jose Mourinho would become the first manager in history to lead three different teams to win the Europa League, including the UEFA Cup.
However, Mourinho is not concerned about such a record: "I really don't care, we are working for the fans, I just think about the joy we can bring them. ”
What's more, Jose Mourinho maintained a 100% winning percentage in European finals, winning the 2003 UEFA Cup final and the 2004 Champions League final when he was in charge of Porto, the 2010 Champions League final when he was in charge of Inter, the 2017 Europa League final when he was in charge of Manchester United and the UEFA Europa League final when he was in charge of Roma.
However, Mourinho is not superstitious about such statistics: "History will not let you win the final, you will think that Real Madrid won every final, you will think that Sevilla can win every final, but the reality is that history will not let you win the final." I don't like superstition, it's not a winning factor. I'm always looking forward to it, maybe that's my secret or my philosophy. ”
Sadly, Mourinho met his real nemesis this time. How bad his luck was, Spinazzola missed the opening chance. In the 67th minute, after Spinazzola took a free-kick, Tammy Abraham, who was unmarked in the penalty area, had a good chance to score, but his back hooked shot did not kick power, but Bunu struggled to block it. What is even more surprising is that Ibanez, who shot in the middle of the box, actually sent the ball off the line.
In the 82nd minute, Spinazzola quickly took a free-kick and Berotti volleyed from an unmarked Berotti in the middle of the box, but it was blocked by Bonu Shenyong with one hand. In the 10th minute of stoppage time, Smalling's header hit the crossbar again.
Mendilibal pointed out before the game: "Roma don't need many chances to score, when they get the chance, they will take it. "The four missed opportunities by Spinazzola, Abraham, Ibanez and Berotti are enough to show that luck is not on the side of Rome.
Not only was Roma unable to take advantage of the goal, but Mancini also scored an own goal, the first time Jose Mourinho's side had conceded a European final since 2003.
Even in the penalty shootout, Roma's luck was extremely bad, Ibanez's penalty hit the post, Patricio blocked Montier's penalty, but was awarded a heavy penalty for moving early, and Montil scored the winning goal in one fell swoop.
Despite the end of the European final winning record, Jose Mourinho has returned to the top at Roma, saying, "I've been coaching for many years and maybe people think I'll be older than I really am. They looked at my gray hair and might think I was really old, but not old enough to end my coaching career. I'm going to coach for many more years. ”