Roma manager, Jose Mourinho, has praised the “sense of family” between the team and their supporters and credited it as the biggest reason they reached the final of the Europa Conference League.
Mourinho told Roma supporters ahead of their 1-0 win in the semifinal second leg over Leicester City that they shouldn’t come to the stadium just “to watch” the game, but rather “to play” it.
The fans did their job, creating a suffocating atmosphere for 90 minutes and Mourinho did his by helping his Roma side complete a 2-1 aggregate victory against their Premier League opposition.
“It’s a victory of a family,” Mourinho said, “Not just the one that was on the pitch and on the bench, but also inside the stadium. That is our greatest achievement, this empathy and sense of family we have created with the fans.”
Roma will now face Eredivisie side Feyenoord in the decider on May 25 in Albania, with Mourinho becoming the first coach to take four different teams to a European final having done so with Porto twice, Inter Milan and Manchester United.