In a thrilling Europa League final clash against Sevilla, AS Roma gained the upper hand with a remarkable goal from the talented Paulo Dybala.
As jubilation engulfed the players and fans, one man remained composed amidst the frenzy – none other than Jose Mourinho.
With a serene demeanor, he repeatedly emphasized the need for ‘calma, calma,’ reminding everyone that the job was far from complete.
What’s truly intriguing about this situation is that Jose Mourinho has showcased such composure in the past. It was just last year during the Conference League final when he exhibited a similar demeanor.
When Roma managed to find the back of the net, ultimately securing the solitary goal of the match, Mourinho was quick to encourage his team to maintain their coolness and composure.
It’s evident that Mourinho’s experience and strategic mindset have instilled in him the ability to keep a level head in high-pressure situations. Recognizing that success is not achieved until the final whistle, he diligently imparts his wisdom to the players, urging them to remain focused and composed throughout the game.
As AS Roma’s journey in the Europa League final continues, one can be certain that Mourinho will be there, guiding his team with his unwavering calmness and determination.
The lessons learned from past experiences will undoubtedly play a crucial role in shaping Roma’s approach as they strive to secure victory in this momentous final.
‘It was always the plan’ – Virgil van Dijk explains Nunez penalty against LASK
Virgil van Dijk has heaped praise on Darwin Nunez for his standout performance in Liverpool’s recent Europa League match against LASK.
Nunez played a pivotal role in the match as Liverpool found themselves trailing 1-0, but Nunez’s contribution turned the tide in their favor, ultimately leading to a 3-1 victory.
Nunez’s crucial moment came in the form of a penalty kick in the second half. Just before Nunez stepped up to take the penalty, Virgil van Dijk briefly held the ball and appeared as though he might take the spot-kick himself. This momentary delay allowed Nunez to maintain his composure and focus on the task at hand.
Van Dijk also emphasized the significance of the mental aspect of these high-pressure moments in matches, highlighting the importance of maintaining one’s composure and mental fortitude when facing critical situations.
He said: “You have to make sure you protect at least the penalty spot. It’s a bit of a mind game there – maybe they were going to try and get in your head.
“It was always the plan that Darwin was going to take it, and I’m glad he scored.”
Van Dijk additionally added that Nunez is beginning to show the world what’s really going on with him:
“Darwin was very important for us against LASK and long may it continue. Up front, the competition is quite good.”
“They all have to push each other and it’s good to see. Everyone has a role to play whether you start or not. Everyone has now seen the potential and the quality he has.”
Liverpool’s place in 2023/24 Europa League group stage Pots revealed
Liverpool has secured qualification for the 2023/24 Europa League after finishing in fifth place in the Premier League.
As a result, they will be placed in Pot 1 for the group stage draw, which is scheduled to take place in August.
In the group stage, Liverpool will be drawn against teams from Pots 2, 3, and 4. However, no two clubs from the same country can be drawn in the same group.
The teams in each pot are as follows:
- West Ham
- AS Roma
- Bayer Leverkusen
Pot 1 or 2:
- Sporting CP
Pot 2 or 3:
- Real Betis
Pot 2, 3, or 4:
Pot 1, 2, 3, or 4:
- 4 losers of Champions League third qualifying round (League Path)
- 4 losers of Champions League play-off round (Champions Path)
- 2 losers of Champions League play-off round (League Path)
- 10 play-off round winners
Unforgotten Past! Reason why La Liga club will miss European football next season
Despite finishing seventh in La Liga last season and qualifying for the Europa Conference League, Osasuna has been banned from participating in the competition following an internal investigation by UEFA.
The investigation was prompted by Osasuna’s previous link to match-fixing, which occurred around a decade ago.
In January, members of Osasuna’s previous board were convicted of various charges, including misappropriation, accounting crime, falsification of documents, and sports corruption.
However, Osasuna is reportedly planning to appeal against the ban, according to reports from Football Espana.
If the ban is upheld, Athletic Club, who finished eighth in La Liga, could potentially take Osasuna’s place in the Europa Conference League.
The final decision on the matter is yet to be determined.
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