While AS Roma advanced to the UEL final, the players expressed their gratitude to coach Jose Mourinho who led it.
Roma, led by coach Mourinho,메이저사이트 drew 0-0 against Bayer Leverkusen in the second round of the 2022-2023 European Football Association (UEFA) Europa League (UEL) semifinal held at Bay Arena in Leverkusen, Germany on the 19th (Korean time).
While Leverkusen attempted 23 shots, Roma only attempted one, but tied the opponent tightly. Roma, who won 1-0 in the first leg, advanced to the final with a combined score of 1-0 in the first and second leg.
Rome had so many wounded. Attacking nucleus Paulo Dybala was sitting on the bench due to injury, and Chris Smalling and Georginio Wijnaldum barely recovered from injuries and appeared as substitutes.
Midfielder Brajan Cristante played in the unfamiliar back 3 sweeper spot that day, but blocked the opponent without making a mistake.
After the game, Cristante said through Sky Sports in Italy, “It was a difficult game with sacrifices. Everyone was great, including the players who came off the bench.”
After winning the UEFA Europa Conference League last season, Roma have reached the European final for the second consecutive season.
“It was a tough fight, but reaching the final twice in two years is a great achievement. We did a great job as a group,” said Cristante.
In the background of Roma’s good performance in Europe, there was coach Mourinho. The players also understood the influence Mourinho had on his team. At the same time, he sent a firm belief. “I know Mourinho’s values very well. We have to maintain them. He always asks us to play with those values in mind. If we didn’t play the way he asked, we couldn’t win.”