Despite everything he had said before, it was anything but a trivial game for him. He recognized it himself after the fact. “I lied to everyone and to myself that it was not a special game for me. Because it was a special match, I did not want to lose it, ”explained to Italian television José Mourinho, still on his little cloud after this 1000th meeting lived on a sidelines, won in the snatch thanks to a goal from Stephan El Shaarawy in stoppage time.
The AS Roma coach had just given himself a memorable sprint along the sideline to celebrate this deliverance, in a Stadio Olimpico on fire, while Sassuolo had resisted for 91 minutes. “It was an incredible game, there could have been 6-6 or 7-7! Tonight I was not 58 years old but 10 or 12 years old, when you start dreaming of a career in football, he said to explain his mad rush to the supporters. I am sure I will remember it for the rest of my life. “
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Roma are the tenth bench experience for the Portuguese since his debut as head coach in September 2000 at Benfica. He has notably coached FC Porto, Chelsea on two occasions, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Manchester United and Tottenham. On his record, two Champions Leagues (Porto in 2004, Inter in 2010) and league titles in the four championships where he led.
The 33rd coach to reach this bar
Back in Italy eleven years after his historic treble with Inter (Champions League, Championship and Italian Cup), he has so far achieved a faultless with Roma with five wins in his first five games, three in Serie A and two in the Europa League Conference.
At a press conference on Saturday, Mourinho thanked the English coaches’ union, the League Managers Association (LMA), which praised the performance of becoming the “33rd coach in the modern era of European football to reach the milestone of 1,000 official matches ”.