AS Roma manager, Jose Mourinho celebrated his 1000th game as a manager after his side won Sassuolo in their Serie A encounter on Sunday.
In his post-match interview, the 58-year-old Portuguese revealed that the game was a special one to him.
“During the week I was lying, even to myself (and to the players), by saying that this was not a special match. I was trying to convince myself of that.”
“It was a special match, with a special number for me; it was my 1000th game on the bench. I wanted to remember it for the rest of my life. I did not want to lose.”
“The game could have ended 6-6 or 7-7, they could have won 2-1 like we did. Rui Patricio made two or three incredible saves, we missed two chances in front of an empty goal. For a neutral it was an extraordinary match.”
“Today I did not feel 58 years old, I felt like I was 10, 12 or 14, my run was like a child. I apologised to (Sassuolo coach Alessio) Dionisi, they played a fantastic match and if they had won there would be no argument, they played well.”
Mourinho recreated his famous sprint down the sideline following El Shaarawy’s 91st minute super strike which sends Roma top of Serie A, after 3 games.
Mourinho has been in-charge of a host of top clubs including: Benfica, FC Porto, Chelsea, Internationale, Manchester United and Real Madrid.