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Jose Mourinho criticizes the referee of the Europa League final and discusses his future with Roma.


Jose Mourinho criticizes the referee of the Europa League final and discusses his future with Roma.

Following Roma’s loss to Sevilla on penalties in the Europa League final, Jose Mourinho criticized referee Anthony Taylor while downplaying rumors that he was linked to Paris Saint-Germain.

On Wednesday night in Budapest at the Puskas Arena, Paulo Dybala gave the Giallorossi the lead in the first half. However, Gianluca Mancini’s own goal soon after the break gave the Giallorossi the lead back.

After extra time and penalties, Argentina’s World Cup hero Gonzalo Montiel scored the victor after a dramatic retake. Mancini and Roger Ibanez both had their spot-kicks saved by Bono.

The game was fairly arduous, as 13 yellow cards were given out—seven to Roma and six to Sevilla—making it the highest ever in a Europa League match.

Both dugouts were quite heated, and Mourinho had to be restrained by his coaching staff at one point. Mourinho was furious with the officials after the game, even saying that English referee Taylor “seemed Spanish.”

We can either leave with the Cup or we can die, I said. After the game, Mourinho told Sky Sport Italia, “Well, we’re dead.

We are exhausted on all levels—physically, intellectually, and emotionally—because we believe we were defeated unfairly and there were many disputed events.

We are exhausted yet proud nonetheless. You can lose a football game, but never your professionalism or respect, I always say. I’ve won five European finals; I lost this one, but this time I go home with more pride than ever. This season, the guys gave everything they had.

We take things seriously, work with humility, and offer our all when it comes to the shirt and our nature, he concluded. Although we all respond differently—some of us cry, others of us don’t—the truth is that we are all profoundly depressed. We return exhausted and feeling vindictive.

It was a fierce, aggressive, energetic match with a referee who appeared to be Spanish. The entire time, it was all yellow. Erik Lamela should have received a second caution but didn’t, and he scored on a penalty in the shootout, demonstrating the injustice.

In his post-match press conference, Mourinho continued his criticism of Taylor, saying: “Since Taylor is such a great referee, let’s hope he will only be officiating in the Champions League [next season] and I hope his blunders will only be in the Champions League not in the Europa League because we’re more humble than that.” Mourinho is hoping to secure qualification for next season’s Europa League in the final round of Serie A matches this weekend.

Mourinho, 60, is convinced that there has been no communication despite the 60-year-old’s name being frequently linked with a summer transfer to French champions Paris Saint-Germain.

‘I am going on vacation on Monday. If we have time to talk about it before Monday, we will. If not, I will go on vacation and then we’ll see. I have to fight for these lads and therefore not say objectively that I will remain,’ said the Portuguese coach.

‘I am a serious man. I told the owners a few months ago that if I had some contact with other clubs, they would be the first to know. I would always be honest and direct.

‘I spoke to the club in December when I had that approach from the Portuguese national team. I have not had any contact with anyone else since then. I have a year left on my contract and this is the situation.’

Jose Mourinho criticizes the referee of the Europa League final and discusses his future with Roma.

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