José Mourinho’s Roma has qualified for the Final of the inaugural Europa Conference League, where it became the first Italian team to qualify for the tournament by finishing 7th in Serie A, a Mammoth 29 points behind Champions Inter Milan. They have qualified for the Final by beating Leicester City in the semi-final by 1-0 on the night at home and 2-1 on aggregate. Mourinho bursts into tears after helping Roma qualify for their first European Final in 32 years. They are set to take on Dutch side Feyenoord in the Final at Arena Kombëtare in the capital city of Albania, Tirana. Roma’s first-ever game in the country.
Roma has qualified for a major UEFA Final for the first time in 32 years and their third time in total, having lost both the previous encounters in the 1984 European Cup Final by Liverpool 3-4 in penalties and 1991 UEFA Cup by Inter Milan 1-2 on aggregate. in contrast, Feyenoord has last played a UEFA Cup Final against Borussia Dortmund back in 2002 and have won all their previous three European Finals.
Now, Roma has lost only twice in the Europa Conference League, both to Norwegian side Bodø/Glimit, including a humiliating 6-1 defeat away at Aspmyra Stadion. They’re also the second most goal-scoring side in the tournament with 27 goals, lagging behind their co-finalists Feyenoord by only one goal.
Tammy Abraham is Roma’s top scorer in both the UEFA Europa Conference league as well as Serie A. The English striker has netted 24 goals in all competitions and will also look to finish the season on a high by lifting the inaugural trophy with Roma and is certainly a player to watch out for.
For Roma’s manager and arguably one of the best managers of all time, José Mourinho, this is his fifth major UEFA Final, with Porto in the 2003 UEFA Cup and 2004 UEFA Champions League, Inter in the 2010 UEFA Champions League, and Manchester United in the 2017 UEFA Europa League. All of which he won.
Roma is the team that is under pressure going into the final, as Feyenoord’s record throughout the tournament has been magnificent. They have lost only once in their nine appearances, winning five and drawing thrice. Their only defeat came away at Elfsborg by 3-1 in the second leg of the qualifying play-offs.
Roma has lost twice in the competition in 12 games, with seven wins and three draws.
So what do you guys think? Does Roma have the edge over the in-form Feyenoord to lift the first-ever UEFA Europa Conference League?