Mourinho’s side overcame Leicester City in the semi-final to reach the showpiece event. It will be the fifth European final of the Portuguese’s career. In all four previous finals, Mourinho has tasted success.
In the semi-final, Mourinho was visibly emotional when his side overcame the Foxes to confirm their place in the final. Tears streamed down his face as he hugged and celebrated with his players and staff.
Speaking after the match, he said: “Why did I shed a tear? Because I feel what [the fans] all feel. It’s a giant club without a trophy room for the social importance of this club. I know what it means to these people, and my emotion was for them. I’ve been lucky enough to be in more prestigious finals, but this made me feel very special.”
Mourinho and Ancelotti both taste success in Europe
Both Mourinho and current Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti experienced indifferent fortunes during their last stints in England. Although he took Tottenham to the Carabao Cup final, Mourinho was sacked before he could take charge of his side at Wembley. Ancelotti, meanwhile, improved Everton.
Upon his return to Real Madrid, Ancelotti galvanised a struggling squad. They now seem to have returned to their old ways.
Having regained the La Liga title, Los Blancos are going for a double. However, they must overcome a Liverpool side who retain ambitions of a historic quadruple.
Jose Mourinho discusses the ‘new generation’
Managers such as Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola have received much praise in recent years. Liverpool and Manchester City have dominated English football for the best part of the last decade.
Mourinho and Ancelotti have received far less media attention than in previous years. Despite this, Mourinho doesn’t intend to quit anytime soon.
He said: “I don´t think about it as ‘the new generation,’ or ‘a different generation.’ Quality has no age. The same thing applies to players. There are players who are great at 20 and players who are great at 40.
“When you don´t have the passion anymore, that´s when you´re done. When you don´t feel a bit of pressure before these games, that means you´re done. I know it for myself, and I know Carletto (Ancelotti) fairly well.
“When you´ve got the passion and the quality, it´s up to us to say when we´re done. We´re the ones who will decide when to quit. But I think you´ll have to wait a while. Because it won´t be soon.”
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