UEFA Europa League

Roma 0-0 Leverkusen (1-0 agg.): Jose Mourinho guides Giallorossi to second straight European final

The special one is at it again. Jose Mourinho, Roma’s Boss, has channeled his special one’s spirit to guide them to consecutive European finals.

After having won the UEFA Conference League last season with the Italian club, the Portuguese manager is set to clinch his 6th European title. This time it will be Europa League.

Roma qualifies for UEFA Europa League Final

It was a classical Mourinho masterclass where his team parked the bus against German side Bayer Leverkusen to clinch a narrow yet memorable 1-0 win.

The match between Roma and Leverkusen was a clash between master and student. With Mourinho the master, and his disciple being Leverkusen manager Xabi Alonso, who played under the manager at Real Madrid.

However, it was no doubt in anyone’s mind that the master was still on top of his game. And so it turned out when the master clinched a second round too against his student.

Playing away from home, nobody was surprised to see Giallorossi’s approach. They were more than willing for the German side to have the ball and keep it as long as they didn’t pose any threat to the goal.

Jose Mourinho Parks the Bus again

Leverkusen tried everything they could muster an opening, and despite 20 attempts on goal, they came up with no answer as Jose Mourinho’s side stood their ground.

Sader Azmoun and Moussa Diaby were the two attackers of Leverkusen with the most attempts on goal. Yet, none of them could find the back of the net. Their substitute Amine Adli was the closest to getting an equalizer in the 86th minute but failed.

The final whistle would have been the sweetest thing Roma players have heard in recent times as they were crowned winner of the tie despite having to defend most of the time.

Bayer Leverkusen dominated the game in an unimaginable manner. Their stats are extremely good to be true for losing a tie of this proportion. The German side had 72% of possession in comparison to Roma and got 23 total shots on goal.

Roma could only muster a single shot that, too, was not on target, while 6 of Bayer’s shots were on target. Hence one can say that it came down to a battle of determination, and Roma was the winner there.

Jose Mourinho’s side will face Sevilla, the record champions of the competition, in the final of the UEFA Europa League in June.

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