Jose Mourinho Admits He Was Afraid of Losing His 1000th Match as Manager

Published 09/13/2021, 11:07 AM EDT
Jose Mourinho


Jose Mourinho is one of the most decorated managers in recent history. Over his managerial career, the Portuguese has managed top clubs around the world and has won accolades with all except Tottenham Hotspurs. The former Chelsea manager is self-admittedly addicted to winning and he has the trophy cabinet to back it up. The Roma manager won the 1000th match of his managerial career last night. 

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AS Roma scored a last-minute goal to edge Sassuolo 2-1 in a nail-biting affair. The goal was scored by super-sub Stephen El-Shaarawy in the dying moments of this match. As soon as the player scored the goal, Mourinho sprinted down the touchline and celebrated with his players.

Soccer Football – Serie A – AS Roma v Sassuolo – Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy – September 12, 2021 AS Roma coach Jose Mourinho REUTERS/Alberto Lingria

“I told everyone lies” Jose Mourinho reacts after winning his 1000th match as a manager

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Speaking about this landmark victory, the usually confident Mourinho admitted that he was afraid losing this match. The Special One lied to everyone before the match and scoffed at those labeling this match of significance.

“Because during the week I was lying to people, telling everyone this wasn’t a special game – perhaps I was trying to convince myself as well. But actually, it was – this game had a really special meaning for me. And I am sure I will remember it for the rest of my life because my 1000th game as a coach was this one.

Soccer Football – Serie A – AS Roma v Sassuolo – Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy – September 12, 2021 AS Roma’s Stephan El Shaarawy celebrates scoring their second goal with teammates REUTERS/Alberto Lingria

Jose further revealed how he didn’t want to lose the match. “I didn’t want to lose it, and I was very scared of having that be my lasting memory of the moment. So I was lying to everyone beforehand. It was a very special feeling.

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AS Roma edge past Sassuolo in a thriller

AS Roma so far have had a dream start to their campaign. They are amongst the three teams in the Serie A to have remained undefeated at the end of Matchday 3. The game against Sassuolo was tightly contested with both teams giving their all. The match had drama throughout, especially in the dying moments of the match. Roma keeper Rui Patricio made some stupendous saves to deny Sassuolo a winner in the last 2 minutes. Soon after, Roma hit the away team on the counter to score the winner.

Speaking about the match, Jose said, “Today it could have finished 6-6 or 7-7, they could have won 2-1, whatever. In the final few minutes Rui Patricio made two or three incredible saves and we missed two or three chances when the goal was gaping. It was an incredible game for the neutral, an absolutely extraordinary match, with so many emotions to it.

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Soccer Football – Serie A – AS Roma v Sassuolo – Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy – September 12, 2021 AS Roma coach Jose Mourinho REUTERS/Alberto Lingria
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Suresh Menon

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Suresh Menon is a Football and NFL writer at Essentially Sports. He is currently pursuing BMM from St Xaviers College with his specialization in Advertising. Juventus is his favorite football club and he one day plans to go to Italy and watch a Juve match live.

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