Jose Mourinho got there. After three unsuccessful attempts, Special One finally managed to beat the Norwegian team from Bodø/Glimt. In fact, AS Roma lost 6-1 to their favorite contenders in the Europa League group stage on October 21. In the second leg, La Louve conceded a 2-2 draw at home on 4 November. A few months later, the two teams met in the quarter-finals of the C3. Once again, the Giallorossi broke their teeth when they were beaten 2-1 in the first leg on April 7. With their backs against the wall, the Romans finally won 4-0 in yesterday’s second leg.
Mourinho walked away with the match point
A win achieved through a goal by Abraham and a hat-trick by Zaniolo. But after the encounter, it wasn’t the Italian who captured the ball. In fact, it was José Mourinho who accepted the ball as stated ESPN (see tweet below). Happy and relieved to have finally defeated this tough opponent, the special confided after the win: “If a team doesn’t lose three games in a row, you can analyze why or lose your sense of reality. The first time was a disaster for us, but we played with 2 starters. The second game here at home we played with a team that wasn’t complete and it was a good draw for them.”.
Jose Mourinho saves the ball 4-0 against FK Bodø 😂 pic.twitter.com/AokagjeGRq
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) April 14, 2022
He continued: “They won the last game 2-1 and maybe they thought it would be the same when they came back. The reality is they won 6-1, won 2-1 and drew 2-2. Well done. But today we saw the reality and the reality is that Roma are much better (…) Even after the 2-1 win in the first leg I was confident. The merit was just focusing on the field. It’s unacceptable to only win against this team in the fourth game, but we won what counted.”.
He entertained in front of the journalists
The former Chelsea coach then responded to criticism of his team’s style of play. “Playing well and winning is perfect, fantastic. You don’t like to play well and lose. I think we play a lot better than people say. I watched the game against Salernitana again in the office and we played very well. It’s too easy to say that we play with the character, the mentality. There were no debates today, we were the strongest. At half-time I told the guys that it’s not about humiliating yourself to think about scoring 6 goals. It was about trying to get into the semi-finals.
As the last Italian representative in Europe, the club from the capital is in action for Mourinho. “We are the only Italian club in Europe? Yes, and we are ready to carry the flag to the end.”. For that, the wolf will count on Nicolo Zaniolo. An element that the Portuguese ponder. “Zaniolo? He’s a player who sells, sells a lot (newspapers). He plays, he doesn’t play, he’s injured. We talk about him too much. It would be better for us, for him, for Italian football, to leave him alone. Tomorrow it will be front page for a reason.”. Just like Roma who finally managed to beat the Bodø/Glimt team that gave José Mourinho so many headaches.