Following the appointment of Jose Mourinho as the coach of AS Roma ahead of the 2021/22 Serie A campaign to succeed Paulo Fonseca, a great deal of excitement and euphoria filled the streets of the capital as Giallorossi supporters were delighted to have the former Inter, Chelsea and Real Madrid boss at the helm of the club given his superb resume.

Despite Mourinho being so far unable to lead Roma to a Champions League return after a four-year absence in his first two seasons at Roma, the 60-year-old coach played a prominent role in enabling the Giallorossi to clinch their first European trophy in 61 years and to feature in two consecutive European finals for the first time in the club’s history.

While being interviewed on Sky Sport Italia in a special edition of ‘This or That’, via La Gazzetta dello Sport, Jose Mourinho looks back at both the Europa Conference League and Europa League finals and provides his perspective.

Jose Mourinho and AS Roma’s Curva Sud. [@OfficialASRoma]

Jose Mourinho’s European success: Porto, Inter and AS Roma

Mourinho joined Roma with plenty of experience under his belt, having already won two Champions League trophies – with Porto and Inter – and one Europa League title – with Manchester United.

Domestically, the Giallorossi had a slower start to the Mourinho era than many supporters presumed as Roma failed to finish in the top-four of the Serie A standings and have been unable to make it past the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia in the opening two seasons under the Portuguese coach.

However, Mourinho‘s determination and ambition allowed his side’s quality to be on full display in Europe as Nicolo Zaniolo chested a ball from Gianluca Mancini and finished to allow Roma to seize the inaugural 2021/22 Europa Conference League title in Tirana, making Mourinho the first-ever coach to have won all three European trophies.

In addition, Mourinho guided his side to a second consecutive European final as Roma prevailed against RB Salzburg, Real Sociedad, Feyenoord once again, and Bayern Leverkusen in the knockout phase of the 2022/23 Europa League to reach the final against Sevilla.

Mourinho prefers not to speak about Anthony Taylor’s Europa League final performance

When asked about how he felt to have won the Europa Conference League in his first season with Roma, Mourinho explained that it was quite an emotional experience.

“I cried after the semi-final against Leicester and after the final in Tirana, they were historic results for Roma,” Mourinho said.

Jose Mourinho celebrates a Roma win. (@OfficialASRoma)

In addition, Mourinho was asked about how he felt after the 2-1 defeat to Sevilla in Budapest. Then, Roma were aggrieved with a number of the decision made by the officials, resulting in Mourinho being handed a four-match suspension after waiting in the stadium car park to let referee Anthony Taylor know what he thought of his performance.

“If I say what I think they’ll give me a 10-match ban,” Mourinho said.