‘I was a child’: Jose Mourinho apologises to Sassuolo for sprinting down the touchline ‘like a 14-year-old’ while celebrating Roma’s last-gasp winner in his 1,000th game as a manager – just like he once did for THAT Porto goal at Old Trafford
Jose Mourinho said he feels like a 14-year-old kid again after Roma scored a winner in the dying minutes against Sassuolo to ensure he marked his 1,000th game as a manager with a victory.
Roma’s 2-1 win saw Mourinho take his tally to 638 career victories, having drawn 205 and lost 157 of his other games, and maintained his perfect start in the Italian capital.
Stephan El Shaarawy’s injury-time winner on Sunday night sparked wild scenes as Mourinho recreated his famous touchline-sprint celebration, which was first seen when he was Porto boss at Old Trafford in 2004.
Jose Mourinho was up to his old tricks in Roma’s last-gasp win over Sassuolo
An animated Mourinho saw his side go top of Serie A after maintaining their perfect record
Mourinho sprinted to join in in the celebrations with his players and fans and later revealed that he had apologised to Sassuolo’s manager for his wild reaction after El Shaarawy’s goal handed him an important victory on his landmark occasion.
‘During the week I was a liar, saying it wasn’t a special match. But it was a special match,’ Mourinho told DAZN.
‘It was a match with a special number for me and I always wanted to remember a match like this for my 1,000th game. I lied to everyone!
‘It could have ended 6 to 6, 7 to 7, (Roma goalkeeper) Rui Patricio came up with two miracles, we missed a few goals. Extraordinary game, a tremendous emotion.
‘Today I am not 58, but 14, when you start dreaming of a career in football. It was a child’s race, I apologised to [Sassuolo head coach Alessio] Dionisi, they played a fantastic game.’
Roma’s players, fans and manager went wild after securing their win with a very late goal
Midfielder Bryan Cristante (pictured) gave the hosts the lead eight minutes before half time
Attacking midfielder Filip Duricic (No 10) equalised just before the hour for the visiting side
Mourinho is widely regarded as one of the greatest managers of all time, having won 33 trophies during his time with Porto, Chelsea, Manchester United, Inter Milan and Real Madrid.
The 58-year-old’s reputation has taken a hit in recent years, after underwhelming spells at United and Tottenham. But his brilliant start back in Italy could soon change that perception should it continue.
The victory that arguably made his name as a manager came in 2004, when his Porto side eliminated Manchester United from the Champions League thanks to Costinha’s 90th-minute goal.
The dramatic late strike saw Mourinho hare off down the Old Trafford touchline in a state of delirium, leaping and punching the air in delight, much to the fury of United fans and their then boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
The bravado did, however, earn Ferguson’s admiration, and Mourinho backed up his cocksure display by winning the Champions League that year in one of the competition’s great underdog victories.
In 2010 he would go on to perform another outrageous touchline celebration after his Inter Milan side knocked Barcelona out of the Champions League with a defensive masterclass in the Nou Camp.
Mourinho’s antics recalled his famous sprint down the Old Trafford touchline in 2004
Mourinho punched the air in delight after the victory that made his name as a manager