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“I had no chance”- Jose Mourinho fires shots at Tottenham before Roma’s Europa League final loss

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Jose Mourinho after AS Roma's Europa League loss against Sevilla in the 2023 final. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Mourinho fires shots at Tottenham Hotspur before Roma’s Europa League final loss

AS Roma manager Jose Mourinho continues to take shots at Tottenham Hotspur. Recently, he said that he had deep feelings for all his former clubs except Spurs.

Those comments made it clear that he held a grudge about the nature of his exit from the club. Spurs sacked him less than a week before Spurs’ EFL Cup final against Manchester City in April 2021.

It could have been a defining moment for the club had they won a trophy – given their long drought since 2008. But Daniel Levy took the call and sacked arguably one of the best coaches in modern football.

Now, Mourinho has taken a dig at Spurs, comparing his situation at AS Roma with Tottenham. He laughed that I Giallorossi at least gave him the chance to win a final. He won the UEFA Europa Conference League with them last term.

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Speaking before his team’s penalty shootout loss against Sevilla in the UEFA Europa League final in Budapest on Wednesday night, Mourinho said, via Football-Italia:

“In Roma, they didn’t sack me before the final in Tirana and in Tottenham, they sacked me before the final at Wembley,” Mourinho told the press on Tuesday night. Roma gave me the chance to win the final at Tirana and at Tottenham I had no chance.”

Jose Mourinho managed Tottenham Hotspur for 17 months before being sacked in April 2021.
Jose Mourinho managed Tottenham Hotspur for 17 months before being sacked in April 2021. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

He surely wanted to imply that if he was given the chance, he could have helped Spurs lift their first trophy in 13 years. The UEFA Europa League final against Sevilla showed that the great Jose Mourinho is only human and can be beaten.

But the fact he has led them to back-to-back European finals is commendable, and perhaps a statement that Tottenham made a mistake in letting him go. By the time he was sacked, perhaps the bridges were already burnt – otherwise, why would Levy sack him so close to the final and put a rookie like Ryan Mason in charge?

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But the club should have properly backed him in the 17 months he was here – especially in the transfer windows. Sure, we played a bit boring and defensive under the former Real Madrid and Inter Milan boss, but for us, at this point, the result matters way more than how we achieve it.

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