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Jose Mourinho says he is NOT the Special One any more ahead of Roma’s Europa Conference League final

José Mourinho says he is NOT the special one anymore and calls his infamous Chelsea opening press conference “an old story” as he prepares to lead Roma to the first ever Europa Conference League final.

  • José Mourinho uttered an infamous phrase when he took charge of Chelsea in 2004
  • He has twice won the Champions League and the Europa League.
  • The Roma coach now faces Feyenoord in the Europa Conference League final
  • But the Portuguese insists that now he thinks more about other people than himself.

José Mourinho insists his infamous description of himself as ‘The Special’ no longer applies, calling it an ‘old story’.

Mourinho delivered the famous introductory phrase when he took over as Chelsea manager in 2004, after winning the Champions League with Porto.

That label stuck instantly and then gained momentum over the years, with the 59-year-old winning the Champions League again with Inter Milan and then Europa League success with Manchester United.

Jose Mourinho insists his famous description of himself as 'The Special' no longer applies

Jose Mourinho insists his famous description of himself as ‘The Special’ no longer applies

Mourinho delivered the introductory line when he took over as Chelsea manager in 2004.

Mourinho delivered the introductory line when he took over as Chelsea manager in 2004.

But when the Roma coach was asked ahead of his team’s Europa Conference League final against Feyenoord on Wednesday night at the Arena Kombetare in Tirana if he can produce another special display, said: ‘The special is an old story.

‘When you have more maturity and stability you think much more about people and less about yourself.

I can do what any coach can do and try to help the team.

‘I don’t believe in magical moments. This is not the moment of an individual, it is the team, the players, the coaching staff.

The Roma boss was asked about etiquette ahead of his team's Europa Conference League final.

The Roma boss was asked about etiquette ahead of his team’s Europa Conference League final.

‘Does each new achievement mean more than the previous one? He does. But there’s nothing special to do, let’s just be us.’

Mourinho is coming to the end of his 22nd season as manager but insists he does not know when his illustrious career will end.

That’s thanks to some advice from Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson, who called Mourinho into his office at Old Trafford ahead of a Champions League clash in March 2013 during his time as manager of Real Madrid and told him warned of what was to come.

It was Manchester United vs Real Madrid. Before the game Sir Alex Ferguson invited me to his office,” he said.

Mourinho insists he doesn't know when his career will end after talk with Sir Alex Ferguson

Mourinho insists he doesn’t know when his career will end after talk with Sir Alex Ferguson

‘I asked him: ‘How is it, boss? Does it change? Does it change over the years? He said, “Forget it.” Nothing changes. It’s the same until the last day.”

That’s why I keep saying I can’t believe I’m 59 years old. I can’t believe I have a 22-year career as a head coach. I can’t tell you when I’m going to stop because I can’t visualize it.

The passion does not change.

Mourinho has won the biggest trophies in the game but added: ‘The Conference League is our Champions League. That’s the level we’re at, the competition we’re playing at.

It’s been a long time since the club came to an occasion like this. But we haven’t won anything yet and we really want to.’

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