A dramatic injury-time winner saw the AS Roma manager celebrate his ‘special’ career milestone in style.
Jose Mourinho claims he feels like a kid again following Roma’s 2-1 win over Sassuolo in his 1000th career match as a manager.
Stephan El Shaarawy scored an injury-time winner to ensure Roma of all three points on Sunday, as well as increasing Mourinho’s career tally to 638 wins in 1000 games (D205, L157).
Speaking at the Stadio Olimpico after winning his landmark outing, an ecstatic Mourinho opened up on how he truly feels about his new milestone.
“During the week I was a liar, saying it wasn’t a special match. But it was a special match,” the Portuguese told DAZN. “It was a match with a special number for me and I always wanted to remember a match like this for my 1000th game. I lied to everyone!
“It could have ended 6 to 6, 7 to 7, (Roma goalkeeper) Rui Patricio came up with two miracles. We missed a few goals. Extraordinary game, a tremendous emotion. Today I am not 58, but 14, when you start dreaming of a career in football. It was a child’s race, I apologized to [Sassuolo head coach Alessio] Dionisi, they played a fantastic game.”
José Mourinho celebrates his 1,000th game as coach with a last-gasp win against Sassuolo. 👏👏
— UEFA Europa Conference League (@europacnfleague) September 12, 2021
What next for Roma?
The Giallorossi have won all three of their opening Serie A games to take an early lead in the standings on nine points.
Mourinho’s men will now prepare for their Europa Conference League opener against CSKA Sofia in Group C on Thursday night.