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The technical director of Roma, José Mourinho, stated this Wednesday after losing on penalties against Sevilla in the UEFA Europa League Final that after playing the last game with the team next Sunday he will leave Rome the following day.
Without specifying the reason for his statements, Mourinho left his future up in the air, assuring that he needs vacations after the long season they have faced.
“I’m looking forward to going home on Monday and playing on Sunday, since unfortunately I can’t be on the bench. I need a vacation, I’m very tired. Until Monday I will be in Rome“He said at the end of the match, just after losing the final.
Subsequently, he attacked the arbitration of the match with everything, which received strong criticism from the Italians and some fans.
“The influence of the referees in our matches is something we are used to, but in a European final I did not expect it. Just look at Ibáñez’s mouth and you understand everything, just look at Lamela who took a penalty and should have been sent off; it is enough to see that the team that played better in the first half is the one that has finished with three yellow cards. Pellegrini falls and it is yellow, Ocampos simulates and there is no yellow ”, he pointed out.
In addition, he also had space to review the Roma season and state that he is proud of his players, as well as express that not because he lost his first European final of the six he has won does he feel “less proud”.
“I have told the players at the end of the game, with them I always speak honestly. I’ve won five finals before this one and I don’t go home any less proud this time than the other five I’ve won.. Very proud of the boys”, said Mourinho.
“I’ve told you before too. Either we leave here with the cup or we leave dead. And we came out dead. The players are dead tired, me too, physically and psychologically. It has been a very tough final, I think we have played almost 150 minutes because the discounts have been incredible“, he sentenced.