Five European finals, five trophies for Jose Mourinho, who became the first coach to win the new Conference League with a pragmatic victory over Feyenoord (1-0) in Tirana, Albania. With a well-measured dose of effectiveness, a lot of resilience and even some cynicism, were it not for an Italian team commanded by Mourinho, Roma snatched the trophy from Feyenoord’s hands and made the party. It took a goal, at an opportune moment, scored by Zaniolo, and then a lot of fight, a lot of running and Rui Patrício in defense of the tight result that gave Portugal’s title-winning coach his 26th title.
In front of 22,000 spectators at the National Stadium in Tirana and more than twice as many at the Olympic Stadium in Rome, Feyenoord came into the game better and with an advanced block and very strong pressure caused a lot of problems for the Roman defense, which did not get into the game. The Dutch had more possession but also struggled to find space in the final third, with Orkun Kokçu doing a brilliant job in organizing the game.
José Mourinho had left Sergio Oliveira on the bench but had to take him out early after Mkhitaryan, who was questionable for this game, recovered from the injury he suffered in the semifinal against Leicester.
Roma finished well and tried to extend the game by trying to take advantage of their opponent’s compact play on the pitch, but the truth is that long passes did not always go down well for the Romans. A game that quickly became boring, as there was a lot of fighting on the field, but there was no emotion near the goal.