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"It's a put... shame": Mourinho blasts referees and... sets its conditions for its future


Highlights: AS Roma lost 1-1 to Sevilla in the final of the Europa League, Wednesday, in Budapest. Jose Mourinho said he was "proud" of his players, who "gave everything" in the match. The Portuguese coach said the match referee was a "fucking disgrace" Roma are currently sixth in the Serie A standings, one point less than Atalanta (5th) and one more than Juventus (7th) The players of "Mou" will face Spezia on Sunday (21h), on the last day of the Italian championship.

The Portuguese coach made the show after the defeat of "his" AS Roma in the final of the Europa League, Wednesday, in Budapest. He also (more or less) talked about the future.

All good things come to an end... Even for Jose Mourinho. Unbeaten in the European Cup final so far, with five wins in five participations, the "Special One" saw his beautiful series stopped on Wednesday: "his" AS Roma lost to Sevilla (1-1 ap, 1-4 tab) in the final of the Europa League, in Budapest. A defeat with a bitter taste for the Portuguese technician, who did not keep his finalist medal around the shot for long. In fact, he offered it to a young supporter of the club of the Wolf in the stands of the Puskas Arena! "I said before the final that it would be the cup or that we would be dead. Well, we are dead now, physically, mentally too, it was a tough match, high level, very competitive and very intense, "he said in a press conference, not failing to say how "proud" he was of his players, "who gave everything" in this match "intense and very high level".

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The former coach of Real Madrid, Chelsea or Inter Milan also stressed that the Andalusian team was "more talented" than his, with "more solutions". But what made the difference, according to him, was above all... Anthony Taylor, the match referee. "With this kind of refereeing, it's hard," he said, citing several examples, such as this forgotten card, in his judgment, for Lucas Ocampos on a simulation in the box. He also felt that Erik Lamela should have received a second caution, the latter having converted his shot on goal. "I told my players: 'You can lose a game, but never your dignity'. They played and lost a game but we did not lose our dignity. I've won five (European Cup) finals, but I've never been as proud as I am today. I have sometimes been happier, but never so proud. (...) Congratulations to Sevilla, congratulations to my players, who should be proud. They did everything they could.


Jose Mourinho has said he is "proud" of his players despite losing to Sevilla. FERENC ISZA / AFP

Mourinho and Taylor will not go on holiday together

Jose Mourinho was not done with Mr. Taylor. "We won't play in the Champions League next season, that's good news. It's paradoxical but it's good news because we don't have the C1 level yet. We still have to qualify for the Europa League next Sunday. We want to come back to Europe. As Taylor is a great referee, let's hope he will only be in the Champions League, not in C3." Mourinho, master of cringing irony... Note that Roma are currently sixth in the Serie A standings, one point less than Atalanta (5th) and one more than Juventus (7th). The players of "Mou" will face Spezia on Sunday (21h), on the last day of the Italian championship. The fifth and sixth will compete in the C3 and the seventh, the C4.

Mourinho ironic, Mourinho squeaking in front of the press, yes. But Mourinho very angry in the corridors of the Puskas Arena. The 60-year-old coach got mad at Taylor before getting on the bus. "It's a fucking disgrace," he said (see tweet above). "C'est une putain de honte", in French in the text. Words that are reminiscent of those of Didier Drogba in 2009, after the semi-final return lost by Chelsea against FC Barcelona. Not sure that this behavior is to the liking of the European authorities. What if Mourinho is suspended at the start of the next European campaign? Not impossible. We should find out soon. It remains to be seen if it will be on the side of Rome... or elsewhere.

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I want to stay... if the conditions to do better are met.

José Mourinho

Admittedly, the two-time Champions League winner (2004, 2010) is still under contract for next season at the Olimpico. But the interest of Paris Saint-Germain is not really the best kept secret in Europe... And this even if Christophe Galtier is still under contract for a year and that the main interested party ensures that he has not discussed with any club or selection for next season. Some sources suggest that Real are also on the spot, in case of departure of Carlo Ancelotti. Still, the native of Setubal did not make a sensational announcement about his future in front of the press. He even kicked in touch. "That's not the topic tonight... What matters is the team," he said.

Jose Mourinho made the happiness of this young supporter of AS Roma (left) by offering him his finalist medal after the defeat against Sevilla on Wednesday in Budapest. ODD ANDERSEN / AFP

Jose Mourinho, however, returned to the subject later, setting his conditions to stay. "My players deserve better, I deserve better. I want to fight for more. I'm tired of being a coach, a manager, doing communication, being the one who has to say you've been robbed. I'm tired of all this," he said. He added: "I want to stay... if the conditions for doing better are met." Message received? One thing is certain: he does not intend to pack his bags and prepare his move at the end of the 38th matchday of Serie A. "On Monday, I will go on holiday and my belongings will stay in Rome. It's probably time to talk to the owners, or the owners to talk to me," he said. It's a safe bet that he won't just talk to AS Rome leaders in the days and weeks to come. A phone call from his friend Luis Campos is obviously not to be excluded, even if multiple sources already evoke contacts between the sporting advisor of PSG and Jorge Mendes.

Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2023-06-01

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