Jose Mourinho seen celebrating dark arts gamesmanship from ex-Man Utd duo as Roma reach Europa League final
JOSE MOURINHO was seen enthusiastically cheering on his team engaging in football’s dark arts as Roma reached the Europa League final.
The Italians saw out a nervy goalless draw away at Bayer Leverkusen to progress 1-0 on aggregate.
BT SportMourinho was left particularly impressed at his players’ attempts to run down the clock[/caption]
The experienced Nemanja Matic was right at the centre of Roma’s game management tactics
GettyTammy Abraham and Jose Mourinho embraced at full-time as Roma reached another European final[/caption]
It was vintage Mourinho stuff as he bids to make it back-to-back wins in Europe.
The legendary boss’ favourite moment of the night appeared to come when Nemanja Matic attempted to run down the clock.
The former Manchester United star went down with cramp inside the Leverkusen box near fellow ex-Red Devils ace Chris Smalling, frustrating the German side even more.
While Leverkusen keeper Lukas Hradecky tried to help Matic stretch, centre-back Edmond Tapsoba had a more direct approach.
The defender attempted to drag the lanky Serbian off the ground but Matic would barely budge.
Tapsoba was then booked for his troubles.
The camera cut to Mourinho banging his hands together and nodding aggressively in approval.
Fans were loving the fact that the 60-year-old was up to his old tricks again.
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One said: “Love it!”
While another added: “He gets the job done and sometimes you have to admire a mastery of the dark arts.”
Roma ended the game with no shots on target and only 28 per cent of possession.
Edoardo Bove, who emerged from the youth academy this season, did enough damage with his goal in the first leg to help Roma squeeze through.
Having won the Europa Conference League a year ago, Mourinho’s side are now set to face Europa serial winners Sevilla.
Roma will likely need victory to get into next season’s Champions League with Mourinho’s side now six points off Serie A’s top four with three games remaining.