“During this week I lied to myself a lot, I was saying it wasn’t a special match. It’s an important number for me and for sure I will always want to remember tonight as my 1000th match,” Mourinho told DAZN after the match.
“I didn’t want to remember a defeat. I was afraid to keep that memory forever. I lied to everyone. It was a great feeling in the end because this match could have ended 6-6, and Sassuolo could have won too.”
Regarding the match, the Portuguese coach said: “Roy (Patricio, Roma goalkeeper) gave us amazing saves, and we missed some easy chances. It was an extraordinary match for a neutral follower, think about what you set for someone like me.”
He explained about his celebration of the winning goal, “Tonight I did not feel that I am 58 years old, but 12.. This is the time when you dream of starting your football career. It was a childish run.”
Mourinho was made for television. Blockbuster manager 😂😭 pic.twitter.com/oPW9Off0Se
– Off (@aviv_lavi) September 12, 2021
Regarding the opponent, Mourinho said: “They have a very good coach and a very good team. They also have their own identity. I knew that since I started their studies at the beginning of the week. For us we achieved 3 important points, and maybe someone decided that I did not deserve a bad memory in this match.” .
The match was going to tie until Stephan El Shaarawy scored the winning goal in the killer time, specifically in the 91st minute.