Jose Mourinho pokes fun at Tottenham sacking ahead of Conference League semi-final – XenBet

Jose Mourinho has joked that there are no guarantees he’ll still be in a job for the Europa Conference League final if he can guide his Roma side past Leicester on Thursday.

Mourinho led former employers Tottenham to the 2021 Carabao Cup final but was sacked just six days before the trip to Wembley, with Ryan Mason taking control of the team as they fell 1-0 to Manchester City.

Now in charge of Roma, Mourinho’s men are one step away from the Conference League final. They drew 1-1 with Leicester in the first leg and now face a straight shoot-out at the Stadio Olimpico on Thursday.

Even if Roma do make it through, Mourinho joked he cannot afford to start thinking about taking control of the final.

“If you win it gives you a right to play the final – if you are not sacked before the final,” Mourinho laughed.

He continued: “It’s not just the next match, it’s a special match. It’s been a long run for us, a different run than Leicester’s, our run was the Europa Conference League since day one and day one was very, very difficult.

“So, 14 matches later we have the chance to play the final and we have to do anything we can.”

Despite his light-hearted mood, Mourinho admitted that Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester will be a tough challenge for his side.

“What Leicester is doing is fantastic,” said Mourinho. “Of course, what they did by winning the Premier League [in 2016] is amazing but after that the way the club grows at every level, arriving to now with one of the best training centres in Europe, the club is amazing.

“Brendan doesn’t surprise me. With Liverpool, people forget what he did with much much less resources than what Liverpool has now. He did amazingly. And then the Scottish history [in his time at Celtic], people forget because people don’t focus on the Scottish titles.

“Then to win the FA Cup with Leicester, even the Community Shield, the stability in the club and the way they played, it’s a perfect feat with Leicester and Brendan. Very very good. But I hope tomorrow is for us and not for them.”

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Author: Heidi Porter