Jose Mourinho reveals he is driven to succeed by Sir Alex Ferguson’s advice

Jose Mourinho reveals he is driven to succeed by Sir Alex Ferguson’s advice

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May 25, 2022 0

Jose Mourinho reveals he is driven to succeed by Sir Alex Ferguson’s advice

Jose Mourinho will have Sir Alex Ferguson’s words ringing in his ears as the Roma boss looks to complete the current run of European honors by winning the Europa Conference League
Jose Mourinho does not know when he will end his illustrious career
He received a warning from Sir Alex Ferguson on what to expect
Roma to face Feyenoord in Europa Conference League final on Wednesday

Jose Mourinho admits he does not know when he will end his illustrious managerial career as he aims for another taste of European glory.

The 59-year-old will send his Roma team into the Europa Conference League final battle with Feyenoord at Tirana’s Arena Kombetare on Wednesday night with the words of former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson ringing in his ears.

Mourinho was invited into Ferguson’s office – and later his office – at Old Trafford ahead of a Champions League clash in March 2013 when he was the Real Madrid boss and was warned of what was to come.

Jose Mourinho’s Roma will face Feyenoord in the Europa League final on Wednesday

The Portuguese said on the official UEFA website: “I asked him: ‘How is it, boss? Does it change? Does it change over the years?’ He said: ‘Forget it. Nothing changes. It’s the same until the very last day.’

“That’s why I keep saying I can’t believe I’m 59. I can’t believe I have a 21- or 22-year career as a head coach.

“I can’t tell you when I’ll stop because I can’t visualize it. The passion doesn’t change.

Mourinho, who led former club Porto to UEFA Cup and then Champions League glory before repeating the latter feat with Inter Milan and then winning the Europa League with United, will look to complete the current run of European honors in Albania.

The 59-year-old does not know when he will end his illustrious career as a manager

Roma, who secured their place in the final with a 2-1 aggregate win over Leicester in the last four, head into the game having won just two of their last eight games in all competitions, and with their manager – who is part of Sir Bobby Robson’s staff when they won the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1997 – aware of another potential milestone.

Mourinho said, “Does each new achievement mean more than the last?” It does.

“Winning the first one can be done by being in the right place at the right time. Winning the second is more difficult than the first, and winning the third is more difficult than the second.

“It’s one thing to be successful and win in a set amount of time, it’s another to be successful and win continuously throughout your career.”

The Portuguese received a warning from Sir Alex Ferguson about what lay ahead

However, if Mourinho and his players are to realize their dream, they will have to find a way to overtake a Feyenoord team that finished third behind Ajax and PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch Eredivisie and had gone 10 games undefeated in all competitions until their fall. They lost 2-1 at home to FC Twente in their last league match.

Arne Slot’s team got the better of Ligue 1 runners-up Marseille over two legs to face Roma and with their European pedigree – they won the European Cup in 1970 and the UEFA Cup in 1974 and 2002 – well established, have high hopes themselves.

Slot told UEFA’s official website, “To reach a final, you need luck at the right times, but this group certainly has quality too.”

“But then again, we haven’t won anything yet and we really want to do it.”

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