Now, you understand why my hair is so white now – Mourinho says after defeating Feyenoord


In addition to praising Roma for eliminating Feyenoord in extra time to go to the Europa League semi-final against Bayer Leverkusen, Jose Mourinho reveals why he has “white hair and have seen it all” and how Paulo Dybala found happiness again.

The Giallorossi were facing an uphill battle to overcome their 1-0 first-leg deficit at the Olimpico, and they were just about to be eliminated when Igor Paixao’s free header cancelled out Leonardo Spinazzola’s opening score.

But when Dybala came off the bench, his superb control and turn necessitated extra time.

After a lengthy VAR wait for Tammy Abraham’s offside review, Stephan El Shaarawy and Lorenzo Pellegrini completed the task for a 4-1 victory overall.

“Perhaps someone has a different opinion, but in my opinion, the team performed admirably in a challenging game. The circumstances surrounding Dybala’s playing and non-playing did not aid in our preparation. We had to use up a substitution because of Wijnaldum’s injury, which didn’t help us,” Mourinho told Sky Sport Italia.

“It was very, very difficult, but with concentration, courage, and intelligence, to attack when it was time to attack, defend when we needed to against a very good Feyenoord side, I believe we were superior.”

Due to Mourinho’s careful planning and suspicion that this tie would go to extra time, Dybala and Tammy Abraham weren’t introduced until the 70th minute.

“Now, you understand why my hair is so white now. I have white hair, the other coach has no hair at all. I’ve had almost 150 European matches, so I’ve seen it all. The difference between this and RB Salzburg or Bodo/Glimt, I informed the players yesterday. It wasn’t one we would immediately exclude. I told them it was fine if the score was 1-0 after 90 minutes; the key was to remain focused.

“I was genuinely troubled after losing Wijnaldum. The other two had to be presented at the same time I introduced Dybala, because otherwise we wouldn’t have a backup plan in case Dybala couldn’t go on. We were able to hold out until overtime, which provided us an additional opportunity to make the substitution.

“Even though I’m the coach, it’s the players who work hard and make sacrifices on the pitch. They deserve the praise.

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