Jose Mourinho threw his runners-up medal into the crowd and waved emotionally at Roma’s fans after narrowly falling short of Europa League glory on Wednesday night.
Mourinho, who had an incredible record in European finals before Roma’s match in Budapest, witnessed his team endure a 4-1 penalty shootout loss against Sevilla.
This victory secured Sevilla’s seventh Europa League title within a span of 17 years.
Roma’s Paulo Dybala netted the opening goal just after the hour mark, but an own goal by Gianluca Mancini in the 55th minute brought the score level, resulting in a 1-1 draw at the end of regulation time.
In a tense match, referee Anthony Taylor issued a total of 14 yellow cards. The game went into penalties after extra time, with Sevilla emerging as the winners.
Determined to not hold onto his runners-up medal, Mourinho flung it into the crowd, specifically targeting a Roma fan, before promptly making his way towards the tunnel.
According to Mourinho, he doesn’t keep silver medals and always gives it away.
The former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss was the first man to pick up his medal during the presentation but ended up handing it over to a fan in the crowd.
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“That’s what I did, I don’t want silver medals.
“I don’t keep silver medals, so I gave it away,” Mourinho told Movistar.
This is the first European final that Mourinho has lost, having previously won five with FC Porto, Inter Milan, Manchester United and Roma.
Amid ongoing speculation about his future, Mourinho’s tenure at Roma has garnered attention throughout the season, attracting interest from various European clubs as well as Saudi Arabian teams.
Following the Europa League final on Wednesday, the rumors surrounding his departure are likely to intensify. As a sign of possible farewell, the experienced manager waved sentimentally to Roma’s supporters before making his way back to the dressing room.