The Portuguese tactician has already won the Champions League, Europa League and the UEFA Cup. If Roma win in Tirana against the Dutch side on Wednesday, the Serie A side will lift its first silverware in 14 years, and give Mourinho the chance to add the inaugural third-tier European title to his list of accomplishments.
“If I win I will become the first one to win all European trophies, but that’s only if I win”, Mourinho said to reporters on Wednesday, as per Reuters.
After moving to Chelsea from Porto in 2004, Mourinho had dubbed himself the “special one“, but now seems eager to leave the moniker in the past.
“The ‘Special One’ story is an old story. It was when I was at the beginning (of my career). When you have more maturity and stability, you think more about the people and less about yourself”, he said.
The 59-year-old continued, “It’s an old story. I don’t believe in magic. When you arrive at a final after a season of work, the work is done. It’s the team’s moment, not the moment of an individual.”
Taking charge of Roma this season, Mourinho led the club to a sixth-place finish in the Italian league, securing a Europa League spot in the next season. If Roma wins the upcoming fixture, it would be the club’s first trophy since 2008’s Coppa Italia.
Mourinho added, “I don’t believe in magical potions, I don’t believe in magical spells. There’s nothing special to be done, just us to be us as a team. Knowing the qualities we have, knowing the limitations we have.”
The manager concluded, “For me, no matter how the final ends, this is a positive season for us.”